Suffering presents itself in many ways. Our task in this life is to navigate this journey as gracefully as possible, and to be present.
Clinical Psychologist in Durham, NC
Through my personal lifetime practice of mindfulness, I incorporate these principles in my work with the majority of clients. This includes compassion focused work, developing more presence, using breathwork (pranayama) and yoga therapy, and combining mindfulness to support psychedelic preparation and integration.
We teach DBT skills in a flexible way tailored to our clients. These are skills that are helpful for all of us (why didn’t we learn them in middle school?) to support emotional awareness and regulation, develop healthy communication and assertiveness, and be able to get through intense moments in our life. These skills can also be helpful for clients to gain more self-reliance between therapy sessions, and trust themselves to make wise choices!
We help clients develop more capacity to embrace the present moment with use of ACT skills. We can develop the ability to be present even in the midst of difficult emotions or pervasive thoughts, such as with anxiety (including OCD), depression, and PTSD. This approach supports cultivating openness to experiences and making choices driven by what is meaningful (rather than what thoughts we have or how we are feeling in the moment). ACT is complimentary to psychedelic therapy too!