Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Bipolar Disorder I/II
Mandie has extensive training in the following types of therapeutic approaches. These approaches are of the strongest-evidenced therapies for targeting most common mental health challenges such as:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and has since been proven effective for a wide range of mental health challenges. DBT works towards the development of emotion regulation skills, traditionally including four main themes: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on the reciprocal connections between thoughts, behavior, and emotions; and intervening in the areas of thinking patterns and behavioral patterns. This often involves skills in Cognitive Restructuring and Behavioral Activation. Cognitive Restructuring requires us to take a closer look at how our automatic thoughts are either distorted or just not that helpful for us. Behavioral Activation uses the science of mood modification and motivational enhancement to explore and restructure our lifestyle and activities, in order to shift our emotions and thoughts.
Internal Family Systems Therapy
The Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach works to develop further insight into our emotional triggers, states, urges, patterns of thought and patterns of behavior. This approach views our personality as being composed of many 'sub-personalities' or parts, each with their own hopes, fears, and roles, while also unified by the collective goal of trying to help us survive. Through it, we build not only greater self-understanding, but also greater empathy for all parts of ourself, self-compassion, and ultimately achieve our desired shifts in the patterns of emotion, thought and behavior that are no longer serving us well. IFS Therapy tends to be an especially good fit for those of us who have an imaginative or creative streak, or for those of us who have been seeking a form of "inner child work".
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is used in relation to resolving ambivalence, making decisions, and taking action. MI posits that each individual has innate motivation and drive towards growth. This method utilizes therapeutic tools to identify and resolve the ambivalence which exists within an individual in regards to making a decision or taking action. Further MI tools focus on tapping into an individual's reserves of motivation and drawing them out further.
Our life experiences have shaped our beliefs in regards to matters such as: who we are in the world, how others will ‘typically’ treat us, whether the world is a safe place, whether we are lovable, and whether we are capable of the success/achievement we may desire. Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on alleviating our current struggles by identifying their roots in our past experiences. We then work through these experiences with balanced doses of compassion, curiosity, and reason.