WAVE Psychology emphasizes four pillars, or key elements, to support your unique path towards wellbeing.
Wisdom refers to evidence-based treatment approaches, the application of scientific knowledge, and the incorporation of culturally-informed practices into the healing process. I strive to tailor treatment to meet your unique needs, while upholding the best standards of practice possible. WAVE Psychology and Center for Wellbeing, broadly, aims to be a resource for information on psychology and wellness, blending research with practical applications, to support your personal goals.
My doctoral training is grounded in a scholar-practitioner model of psychology that emphasizes integrating research with clinical practice and providing psychological assessment and interventions in accordance with research-based, empirically supported protocols. Overall, my training has been in evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), mindfulness-based, trauma-sensitive, psychodynamic and systems approaches. I also draw from Eastern wisdom principles and multicultural perspectives in my clinical work to further help me understand your experience and guide treatment. You can find more information regarding my therapeutic approach here.
Perhaps more significant than any specific therapy method is the wisdom you carry within YOU. I strongly believe that therapy is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and that you are the expert on your life. Thus, my therapeutic approach aims to help strengthen your own intuitive wisdom, which will ultimately become your greatest guide on your path to wellness, even beyond your time in therapy sessions.
Awareness encompasses both self-awareness and the awareness of the present moment. A significant goal of psychotherapy and assessment at WAVE Psychology is to help clients cultivate mindfulness and greater self-awareness, an important first step in healing one's relationships with the self and others.
My therapeutic approach involves bringing your attention to difficult -- perhaps even painful -- emotions of which you may or may not have been aware, or perhaps have had a hard time coping with in the past. We all have moments of avoiding pain, but a pattern of doing so only intensifies the underlying wound(s). I acknowledge the influences of distant and present emotional experiences on your current difficulties, providing a safe space for you to learn how to "be" with your emotions in a nonjudgmental way. In cultivating this type of awareness of both your past and your present, you can learn how to transform once-difficult moments into opportunities for increased self-compassion and acceptance.
By recognizing how you relate to yourself and to the world, you can begin to honor your unique story of how you came to be where you are now, and the possibilities that exist for you in this very moment.
Values are frequently misunderstood to mean "goals," although they certainly help guide you towards achieving your goals and living the life you truly desire. For example, taking a painting class may be a personal goal, with creativity as an underlying value that drives this goal. Unfortunately, it can be difficult, due to internal or external obstacles, to live your life by your core values. At times, we might even take on the values of others in our lives, which may not be apparent until we recognize we are living someone else's life, rather than our own.
Values reflect what matters most to you in your life, so your values may be similar or different from the values of those around you. Other examples of values include: Individuality, Relationships, Humor, Justice, Ambition, Commitment, Responsibility, and Knowledge. As there are hundreds of values that can be named, and because many of these are abstract ideas, it may feel overwhelming to "choose" the "right" ones to live by. The beauty of values is that they just are. They are guideposts that help ground you.
Part of the way in which I conduct psychotherapy includes helping you to clarify what your values are, to recognize that these values may shift in their priority level for you throughout the therapy process and throughout your life, as well as to assist you in aligning the various aspects of your life with these core values. Therapy may also include identifying the behaviors or beliefs that might interfere with your ability to live by your values.
Empowerment, as the final pillar of WAVE Psychology, is really a culmination of the other 3 pillars. In other words, integrating the power of increased wisdom, with increased awareness of yourself and your values, ultimately results in a more empowered self. Thus, empowerment reflects the process of learning how to be who you authentically are and to have an improved sense of self-confidence and aliveness.
WAVE Psychology and Center for Wellbeing emphasizes the goal of living your life with a greater sense of wholeness and purpose, guided by your inner Truth, or following your "True North." From the same source of the inner wisdom within you, there is also strength and genuine power. Power to commit to your goals, power to shift your awareness, and power to create your life in each unfolding moment. Unfortunately, many people have a difficult or complicated relationship with power -- often due to early experiences or social and cultural expectations that have become embedded in our perceptions of ourselves or the world. Therapy through WAVE Psychology aims to help its clients explore and challenge the impacts of oppression, in its many forms, both within themselves, and within the world at large. By supporting this anti-oppression stance and expanding one's awareness of one's unique position in the world, it is possible to develop a healthier, more supportive relationship with your personal power.
Beginning therapy may mean you initially feel powerless. Riding the waves of painful emotions and life experiences or transitions are inevitable and typical, even after you begin the therapeutic process. However, taking the first step already signals your inner power, courage, and strength to confront what is. As a therapy client, you aren't a passive receiver of information; rather, you are able to take on a collaborative, empowered role in the therapeutic process. This role includes the right to provide honest feedback about your experience with WAVE Psychology and Center for Wellbeing, and whether modifications or an appropriate referral for other services need to be made, in order to best support your personal path towards healing and greater wellbeing.