Open dialogue helps people tap into their strengths.
With a background in both art and science, Dr. Armstrong’s approach is multidisciplinary and interactive. Clients are able to achieve their goals and find new perspective in a safe, creative environment. Techniques from a variety of therapies are used to meet each person’s individual needs.
With a practical and present-oriented approach, both therapist and client collaborate to set goals and focus on positive change. People learn more about their strengths and how their unique qualities can move them toward success, balance, and happiness. Solution-focused therapy can help solve a particular problem or work through a crisis.
Therapy can be a longer, more in-depth process, as clients choose an existential path towards understanding themselves and their purpose in the world. As we each construct our own realities, we create advantages and obstacles for ourselves. Often, responses to our past can limit experience in the present. However, through exploration, people can learn how to better navigate and change their personal constructions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based approach that can help people recognize and break old patterns by addressing specific thoughts, feelings or actions. CBT is one of the most clinically effective therapies, especially for trauma, panic attack, phobia, depression, anxiety and stress. Dr. Armstrong also uses techniques from Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, or DBT (a type of CBT), that help people manage their emotions and cope with difficult situations.
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Mindfulness is a technique to help people notice and appreciate each moment as it happens, to regulate emotion, and to expand awareness. Such careful observation of thoughts, emotions, behaviors and sensations can help move the brain towards new ways of experiencing the world. Studies have shown that mindfulness is a powerful way to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), is a technique that was originally developed to help people overcome PTSD and other kinds of trauma through a kind of guided visualization. The brain can process experience much faster when it uses images instead of language, and EMDR is a way to make new connections, quickly move through difficulty, and reach a place of peaceful understanding.
In couples counseling, a variety of clinically-proven techniques (such as Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Therapy and Non-Violent Communication) are used to help partners better understand their own motivations, learn how to communicate more effectively and minimize conflict. Couples also work on enhancing intimacy, creating emotional safety and fostering appreciation for each other’s dreams and aspirations. The result is a happier and more unified partnership.