Meredith provides Individual, couples, and family therapy to adolescents and adults.
Individual Therapy: I have an eclectic approach to working with clients individually, so that therapy can be helpful for what each person needs. I utilize aspects of attachment based and emotionally focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and an interpersonal process approach when working with clients. Because every client is different, my approach will sometimes vary based on what each client needs from therapy at the time. My therapy approach is dependent upon a secure and safe therapeutic relationship which can take time to develop. Because of this, I tend to work with clients on a longer term basis to create meaningful and long lasting change.
Couples and Family Therapy: I use the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) model when working with couples and families
“Marital Distress is the single most common reason for seeking therapy. It undermines family functioning and is strongly associated with depression, anxiety disorders, and alcoholism. EFT for couples offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. EFT recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic adult needs for safety, security, and closeness in intimate relationships. This experiential/systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative patterns of interaction.” (quoted from brochure produced by the ICEEFT).
Eating Disorders: Eating Disorders are very serious conditions that impact a person physically, mentally, emotionally, and interpersonally. In individual treatment of an eating disorder, it is important to be able to have a supportive and safe environment to help clients explore and identify the underlying struggles that the disordered eating behaviors can help to manage, as well as the interpersonal, self esteem and attachment needs that an eating disorder can often help to meet in a “safer” way. Eventually, it becomes clear that these behaviors can “help” in the moment to cope with hard emotions, but end up creating more difficulties in physical, mental and emotional functioning and become an overwhelming problem of their own in the long term. I use a collaborative “team” approach with the client, myself, as well as any other providers that may benefit treatment such as a psychiatrist, physician, or registered dietician to help manage all areas that may be impacted by an eating disorder. With this approach, in therapy, clients can work on strengthening their healthy selves, and finding more effective ways to meet healthy and vulnerable needs, so that the eating disorder can become less necessary.