OUR PRACTICE IS FUNDED WITH THE MISSION IN MIND OF HELPING OUR CLIENTS FIND PROMPT RELIEF FROM SUFFERING WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ADDRESSING THE UNDERLYING ISSUES THAT CREATE SYMPTOMS AND PROBLEMS. WE BELIEVE THAT LONG-LASTING CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION IS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU ADDRESS THE ROOT OF THE ISSUES AND NOT ONLY THE SYMPTOM.
At CEPS we are passionate about our work and about helping you reach your goals. All our therapists are committed to continued training modalities of therapy that combine the in-depth psychological understanding of the human mind and how suffering is creating, with training modalities of intervention that are highly effective such as AEDP/ISTDP, EFT, and Somatic Sensory, Mindfulness.
Our Vision + Values
Is our mission to help you find long-lasting change in a time-effective manner. We believe in the importance of addressing the underlying factors that cause symptoms in order to find long-lasting relief from suffering, and we also understand that life is too precious to waste just waiting for decisions to be made for us or for problems to just go away.
Our goal is to provide you with a therapy experience that is life-changing. We will work with you to create a meaningful relationship that allows for the safe discovery, acceptance, exploration, and challenge of those deeply rooted patterns of behavior, emotions, and beliefs that create most forms of suffering.
Our combined approaches to psychotherapy and psychoeducation are informed by neuroscience, attachment and psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, experiential and mind-body focused interventions that bring about long-lasting change.
Our practice is guided principles of Deliberate Practice in Psychology Practice model, which means that:
- We help our clients to begin their process by setting clear, attainable goals for their therapy process.
- We rely on our client’s feedback about each session.
- We consistently assess therapy progress, via informal and formal measures of therapy outcomes and therapeutic relationship.
- Our clinicians are passionate about their work and committed to continuous training and education.
- As part of our professional development we we set goals to improve our clinical effectiveness.
- Our clinicians have intentional/dedicated time for self-supervision and group consultation during their work week to review their clinical work
Difficulty sleeping? Overthinking? Can’t make your thoughts stop at night? Feeling nervous? Constantly having stomach problems?
If during our consultation session you and I identify that your main problem is that your anxiety is not regulated(which usually causes problems such as gastrointestinal pain or discomfort, headaches, difficulty with concentration, panic attacks, blurry vision or other cognitive problems), then we will work together to help you ways to identify early signs of anxiety in your body, identify what is making you anxious (most people who experience fast rising-high levels of anxiety do not know what is triggering it), and learn how to regulate it.
You will find it interesting to know that a lot of problems with anxiety regulation are related to our tendency to ignore, dismiss, or not having yet developed the self-observation skills necessary to identify early signs of anxiety. Unfortunately, people notice that they are anxious only when the anxiety is already too high leading them to become paralyzed by fear or to experience significant pain in the body.
If the problem is that you are experiencing symptoms of depression such as significant sadness, difficulty with motivation, getting out of bed, significant self-doubt, or general unhappiness, then we will identify what causes or contributes to feeling this way. In most cases, symptoms of depression are the result of using strategies that help us deal or avoid with emotions that we find unbearable or threatening.
Some of these mechanism that we have used successfully in the past to protect ourselves or our most meaningful relationships, become unhealthy or simply stop working for us. As a result, we tend to struggle with thoughts about inadequacy, lack of self-worth, and frankly sometimes we experienced a great deal of difficulty with self-regard and self-compassion. Addressing effectively the mechanisms of self-neglect, self-hatred, and self-judgment will result in finding that ability to love and to believe in yourself again that you have been longing for.
If you have experienced a significant loss you may be having a similar experience of deep sadness, lack of motivation, a deep sense of emptiness, or intense feelings of anger and despair. Grief therapy can help you navigate through this challenging life experience, regain your strenght, and find meaning again.
Relationships, or lack thereof, are certainly one of the greatest sources of pain for most people. We all long for deep connections (whether we know it or not), but frequently experience significant pain when we are disappointed in our expectations, hurt by our beloved imperfect way to love us, or frustrated by our tendency to keep others at a distance. We constantly put up walls in our relationships that leave us feeling lonely, and unseen. Working closely with a therapist, allows you to see first hand the different ways in which emotions, thoughts, and fears come into play in intimate relationships. By witnessing in the here-and-now the display of all these dynamic factors as they facilitate or interfere with the work of therapy, you will have the opportunity to learn how to become more authentic at communicating your thoughts, desires, and needs in the context of interpersonal relationships.
One of the most challenging relationships that we sometimes have, is the relationship with ourselves. This is also an important focus of the work we do in therapy
Sometimes it is not obvious that some of the problems that you may be currently experiencing are related to traumatic events.