“Gloria has a rare blend of wisdom, directness, no-nonsense pragmatism, humor, gentleness and sincere compassion. I felt a true sense of connection and understanding from her very early on, and it was clear that she genuinely cared about me. " MM
One of the greatest benefits of therapy is that it can change the nature and pattern of how we attach to the significant others in our lives. This can immediately impact feelings of anxiety and depression. I use three of the most widely used cognitive behavioral therapies in my work – these are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and above all, mindfulness. I have training in these modalities and offer them to my clients when they can be helpful. These are therapies that help people notice and change their behaviors by changing their intentions and interpretation of events.
Neuroscience of Relationships
Neuroscience has now told us that how we attach to significant others is a stored childhood memory that persists in the memory centers of our adult brains. The very instinct adults have to attach and connect to others releases chemicals (the same ones from childhood) into the central nervous system. This in turn sets off an array of interpretations and assumptions that pre-determines how we'll experience those connections.
Behavioral therapies can help to interrupt these interpretations and assumptions, but the relationship developed in therapy between the client and the therapist has been proven to change which chemicals the brain releases when we reach out for those much needed human connections.
My approach combines the development of the client-therapist relationship with the use of behavioral therapies to create the outcomes my clients are searching for.