In addition to being a general practitioner with substantial experience in working with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders and counterproductive patterns of relating to self and others, I also have a specialty in treating substance use issues and other risky behaviors.
Harm reduction psychotherapy is utilized to address substance use issues and other problematic behaviors that undermine your potential for self actualization. Harm reduction favors an integrative approach and incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and motivational enhancement approaches that meet you where you are when you enter treatment. Harm reduction is based on principles of respect, collaboration, mutuality, gradualism, and introspection that promote safety, well being, positive change, empowerment, development of coping skills, and insight.
Positive change and empowerment are essential components of our relationship and contribute greatly to self-reflection and increased awareness. Treatment begins with a sophisticated initial consultation which will assist you to articulate your challenges, strengths, and objectives. At the end of the initial consultation, I will provide you with a summary and offer different treatment options that may be best suited for your needs. During the course of our work, we will work towards increasing your capacity to take an inquisitive position in relation to your self and your behaviors. I will offer you tools to monitor your urges and assist you to develop more effective ways of managing difficult situations and feelings that may include relaxation techniques, positive self talk, communication skills, and other coping skills.
We will look at the various motivations contributing to the behaviors, consider positive ways to manage difficult emotions, and strengthen your capacity for introspection. You will notice improvements in your ability to observe and describe your experience, increase your capacity to cope with stress, alleviate anxiety and depression, enhance positive emotions, minimize disruptive patterns, improve your sense of self and tap into your innate abilities.
The recognition that some behaviors, although initially intended to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other negative feelings, no longer provide the sought after effect is an important step in the journey towards a rewarding life. I look forward to our collaboration and working towards your objectives.