"Wilting flowers do not cause suffering; it is the unrealistic desire that flowers not wilt that causes suffering." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Psychologist in San Antonio, TX
ACT is my academic heritage, my specialty as a psychotherapist, and the guiding framework for my life. My graduate school mentor was directly trained by one of the founders of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She not only taught me how to use ACT with clients, but also how to embody ACT in my own life. I have been practicing ACT, both professionally and personally, since 2006.
I have worked alongside CBT therapists for most of my career and have learned to incorporate CBT ideas and techniques into my work. I have specialty training in CBT for insomnia and CBT for substance use disorders. I also have specialty training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD and Behavioral Activation for depression, both of which fall under the general CBT umbrella.
In my experience, the ability to observe and describe our thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental, moment-to-moment way is a foundational coping skill, and I hope to help my clients learn to do this. I also recognize that meditation is not the only way to practice mindfulness, and together we can find other ways to develop this skill.