- ABOUT -
Proactive Therapy

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WHO WE ARE

Each of our therapists were actively recruited and selected due to their level of expertise, pedagogical background and clinical philosophy.  Our clinicians are deeply passionate and relatable— they show up as their most authentic selves to help you do this important work. As a team, we are unified by an understanding that most effective treatments rely on scientific method. 

We aim to create an environment of collaboration, warmth, humor, and acceptance. The strength of the therapeutic relationship is central to the success of our work together. As a result, we place tremendous value on your experience, ongoing feedback, and contribution. If it seems that we aren’t the right mutual fit for you, we will connect you with other providers in the area to ensure that you find the best fit.

 

proactive
/prōˈaktiv/

adjective
taking action and making changes before they need to be made, rather than waiting until problems develop.

Our Treatment Approach

- WHAT WE DO -

In your first session, we will discuss how you are living in the present and where you would ideally like to be in six months from that date. The rest of our work together is about closing that gap. 

We help our clients look at their patterns of behavior, clarify the things they do that work for them and those that work against them, support them in implementing more effective strategies, and determining valued life directions.

We empower our clients to fundamentally change the way they live their lives by providing concrete skills and strategies that teach our clients how to help themselves. We firmly believe in an integrative approach to treatment that targets both mind and body to maximize your overall wellness. 

Together, we will create an individualized plan that will include many of the following components:

  • Goal Setting and Motivational Enhancement

  • Coping and Mindfulness Skills

  • Empowering treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to address problematic actions and support healthier lifestyle choices

  • A quality of life plan that centers around your values and includes meaningful interests, activities, relationships, aspirations and commitments.


“If you ask people what they want, so many people will say that they don’t want to feel fear, they don’t want to be sad. It turns out what they really believe is that if they did that, then they would be able to do something. And in that something is what they really want. It isn’t just that they want to get rid of the anxiety, get rid of the sadness. They may want to live a life that’s more open, more participatory, contributing to others more and being more connected."

— Steven Hayes, Founder of ACT


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Our Evidence-Based Approach

- HOW WE DO IT -

Our team of experts incorporate a variety of scientifically-driven treatment approaches to address your unique concerns. 

 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACCEPTANCE AND
COMMITMENT THERAPY
(ACT)

The aim of ACT is to create a rich, full and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. ACT helps people learn to accept what is out of their personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches their life. We do this by teaching psychological skills to effectively address painful thoughts and feelings so that they have less impact and influence. We also help our clients determine what is most important to them and make use of that knowledge to guide, inspire, and motivate change for the better. 

MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING (MI)

MOTIVATIONAL
INTERVIEWING
(MI)

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based method for helping people recognize and change problem behavior. Motivational Interviewing is designed to strengthen an individual’s intrinsic motivation for change by resolving ambivalence within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.  While MI was originally designed to help address alcohol problems and other addictions, and was seen as an alternative to 12 step treatment approaches, it now applied broadly across a variety of medical and health related areas.

 
 
MINDFULNESS TRAINING

MINDFULNESS
TRAINING

Borrowing the wisdom of eastern traditions, Mindfulness teaches us how to respond to unwanted thoughts, memories, physical sensations and feelings, without judgement or an intention to change what is.  Mindfulness and acceptance skills can help us respond better to whatever difficulty life hands us, and can enhance our ability to tolerate that which we cannot control.Mindfulness Training involves consciously bringing awareness to our here-and-now experience, with openness, interest and acceptance.

EXPOSURE RESPONSE PREVENTION (ERP)

EXPOSURE
RESPONSE
PREVENTION (ERP)

Exposure and Response Prevention refers to the act of exposing ourselves to the unwanted thoughts and feelings we experience in anxiety disorders. By actively facing our fears, we begin to teach our mind that what it once thought was a horrifying situation, might really be tolerable after all; and that with time, our experience of anxiety will decrease on its own.

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THEARPY (DBT)

DIALECTICAL
BEHAVIORAL
THEARPY (DBT)

The goal of DBT is to help people create a meaningful life by balancing acceptance with a therapeutic push towards change. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based intervention which combines cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with distress tolerance, acceptance and mindfulness practices derived from Buddhism. DBT is an effective treatment for impulsivity, eating disorders, substance abuse, emotional dysregulation and interpersonal conflict.  DBT emphasizes the importance of a non-judgmental stance.

 
BRIEF, SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY

BRIEF,
SOLUTION-FOCUSED
THERAPY

This is a condensed form of therapy that targets a single issue in a focused manner. Solution-Focused Therapy is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that prompt clients to seek therapy.

THE GOTTMAN METHOD

THE
GOTTMAN
METHOD

The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship. 

 
 

 Our Specialties

 

Anxiety 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Thoughts

Binge Eating 

Eating Disorders 

Body Image Concerns

Work Stress and Career Changes

Depression and Mood

Stress/Finding Balance

Relationships 

Perinatal/Post-Partum

Shame/high self-criticism

Panic Disorder

Co-dependency

Life Transitions

Perfectionism

 
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