When we feel low self-esteem it is usually because we are comparing ourselves negatively to others around us. These thoughts often have their roots in beliefs we have about ourself and our self worth that we learned in childhood. Our first step is to identify the thoughts and where they first came from, and then begin to challenge them.
Feeling depressed is the worst feeling in the world. And often it feels like people around us don't truly get it. By making a few small changes to your life and how you do things, we can begin to make make inroads on your depression. Let's find out what is making you feel this bad, understand the patterns, and get your life back to a place you deserve.
You may have already discovered that there are not many therapists who really know how to treat OCD. Working with OCD is my passion. I have had extensive training through the International OCD Foundation as well as individual supervision and coaching. I use evidence based treatments and have had good results. We will work as a team to beat your OCD both in the therapy office and in your outside life.
Exposure is a technique we use when working with anxiety and with OCD. It means pushing yourself to do things that feel a little bit difficult. Like talking to people. Or not double checking things. Don't worry! We'll make a list of things starting with the very easiest, and we'll make it fun. Sometimes I'll do the exposures with you so you feel supported. The technical term for this which you may have seen on the internet is Exposure Response Prevention or ERP.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is probably the most popular type of therapy and has been for the past 20 years. This is because it is straight forward, logical, and it works! I trained in this type of therapy for many years and this is the primary type of approach I use. People like it because we get working on the problem the very first session, and we're working on current issues, rather than spending a lot of time talking about your past.