Trained in several facets of psychotherapy and counseling, Sara's process draws from a variety of different treatment approaches. Depending on the issues being treated, the stated goals of her client, and the personal strengths and lifestyle he or she brings to the treatment process, Sara devises a treatment plan that's at once realistic and solution-focused. She doesn't stick to one pure model, but chooses a combination of the following modalities to treat each situation accordingly:
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE:
A treatment approach that requires practitioners to follow psychological approaches and techniques based on the best available research. It includes the following methods:
Person centered planning: Person-centered planning is a practice that has been used in a variety of fields in addition to psychotherapy. It builds self-determination and independence by giving the patient agency in their life planning and goal setting.
Motivational Interviewing: Motivational Interviewing was originally used to treat substance abuse, but has since become a more generalized approach for eliciting a change in behavior in clients attempting to explore and resolve ambivalence. The approach, in which the provider engages the intrinsic motivations of the client, is extremely focused and goal-directed.
Stages of Change: Stages of Change is a strategic process through which a therapist determines a patient's ability to move away from repetitive behavior that is mal-adaptive. Through the stages of precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance, the patient is a transition into and commit to a new model of behavior.
Psychodynamics is the study of the interaction between a person's conscious and unconscious motivation. It is based on the idea that inner conflict causes repressed behaviors and emotions, and the treatment is designed to surface into the patient’s consciousness.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)*:
CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that is used to treat dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes through goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures. It is also effective in treating a variety of other conditions, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, tic, and psychotic disorders.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)*:
DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques with elements of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness which stem from meditative practice. It is generally effective in treating bipolar disorder and symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders, as well as in working with patients who experience self-injury, chemical dependency and sexual abuse survivors.
*Sara only uses elements of DBT and CBT in her practice. In their official application these approaches require the individuals being treated to undergo both group and individual therapy, so Sara finds that implementing components of these, rather than the full treatment, is the most efficient means to recovery.