FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What exactly is East Meets West Counseling and Psychotherapy?

My method of psychotherapy combines conventional western therapies (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, humanistic, developmental and transpersonal psychology) with principles from Buddhist and Taoist psychology.

How is it different from other forms of therapy?

In addition to learning new coping skills, we may use meditation, contemplation, dialogue, or journaling.

What kind of success rate have you had in the past?

Success is a highly individualized matter. Research indicates that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client is one of the most important factors contributing to the effectiveness of therapy. Creating a positive therapeutic relationship is both a priority and strength of mine.

How long does it take?

Crisis intervention takes from 1-12 sessions. I provide short-term (15-25 sessions) and long-term psychotherapy, depending on the needs and interests of the client. Chronic, long-term or complex problems take longer to achieve significant results.

What are the benefits of doing this type of work?

• Understanding root causes to problems • Having options and skills for solving problems • Ability to handle difficult emotions • Relating to thoughts and beliefs in new ways • Being more conscious and aware • Changing long-term patterns and behaviors • Compassion towards yourself and others • Feel more potent and dynamic

What kinds of problems/issues have you helped people with?

• Depression • Anxiety • Loss and grief • Eating disorders • Addictions • Low self-esteem • Family of origin • Relationships • Life transitions • Stress • Chronic pain • Work/career

What do you specialize in?

I work primarily with adults in individual psychotherapy. I also provide group therapy and classes in meditation and mindfulness practice. What I specialize in is my approach.

At East meets West, you will begin to use the mind to change your brain, and our relationship to heal your heart.