Dr. Cole's Therapeutic Approach
No matter which type of therapy we use, my approach will be trauma-informed, compassionate, strength-based, and affirming. I work mostly with BIPOC, LGBTQ+, 1st generation families
& business professionals.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a structured therapy intervention that uses bilateral stimulation through eye movements, sound, or physical sensation, to help folx stay regulated in the present moment, while processing and lessening the activation of traumatic or high-stress experiences. This approach incorporates somatic awareness and mindfulness and teaches regulation strategies.
I use EMDR to help process and explore distressing experiences while learning mental, emotional, and physically regulating coping strategies. I provide EMDR virtually with many accessibility offerings.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a modality that focuses on our thoughts and the impact of those thoughts on our emotions and behaviors. CBT involves challenging unhelpful thinking patterns & rumination and replaces these patterns with reframing, perspective-shifting & problem-solving. Together we will explore core beliefs and how they impact perceptions of the world and self.
It is one of the most commonly used talk-therapy approaches and can easily be integrated into many interventions from other modalities.
Somatic therapies use our physical body to help regulate, explore, and process emotions or thoughts.
It is a mind-body approach to working through traumatic, painful, or highly stressful experiences. My approach includes grounding into gratitude, connection, and self-exploration in the present moment. This may also include music, movement, mindfulness, and visualization. Together we will practice and use somatic strategies to get out of the mind space and into the physical body, where many of our emotions are stored and re-activated.
Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT)
ACT teaches mindfulness skills to explore and accept thoughts & emotions, rather than fight and avoid them, as avoidance often creates more significant challenges. ACT explores personal values and committed action to help folx stay more aligned with what is important. I offer support and encourage folx to leverage the power of language to help behavioral change. This includes using one's values to guide choices and decisions in life, to remain more aligned with what is important and authentic.
Yoga-psychotherapy is a somatic approach to help manage distressing symptoms, increase introspection, & cultivate an intuitive relationship with one's whole self. It integrates yoga principles, postures, & breathwork into traditional psychotherapy theory.
Yoga therapy can support mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social health. I will guide us to flow between gentle mindful movement, breathwork, quiet introspection, and talk-therapy processing. I offer to include spiritual, ancestral, cultural, or personal rituals and practices.
No yoga experience is necessary.
Attachment / Relationship Therapy
Attachment Therapy looks at how early life relationships, or the absence of them, shape and continuously impact one's current intimate, romantic & platonic relationships. It examines conscious and unconscious patterns of anxiety and avoidance in an attempt to access emotional safety in connection.
I also consider the relationship with the therapist (me) and use it as a mirror to explore patterns in other personal relationships. Attachment-based therapy is used to manage mood disorders, anxiety disorders, unresolved childhood trauma, and relationship issues.
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