How I Work

Therapeutic Approaches
Amy Gray practices collaborative therapy

A Collaborative Therapy Approach

A Collaborative Approach to Therapy

I believe in collaborative therapy, which means that I work together one-on-one with my clients to find solutions to the problems they are having. Most people seek counseling because they are having problems in their lives and want help in making positive changes. I am here to help you set goals and implement those changes and achieve the results you seek. I specialize in working with couples looking to reconnect and strengthen their relationship and individuals who desire to rid themselves of old, destructive beliefs and behaviors and replace them with constructive new ways of living life.

Tailored to Your Goals and Needs for Therapy

I design an individual plan for each client (individuals and couples) based specifically on the needs each brings into therapy and use a number of different techniques. I believe it is important to have a map of where you want to go, but it is also important to feel free to adjust that map. We work at your pace.

Beginning with an End in Mind

Stephen Covey, talks about knowing where you’re headed before you begin. I believe in the same principle. Therapy shouldn’t be some vague, never-ending journey but a road towards an ‘end-in-mind’. Do you want to strengthen and deepen a committed relationship, overcome anxiety, get past the fears and the habits that weigh you down? I’m always asking my clients ‘are we there yet’? And we do get there, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly and sometimes when we arrive, we realize there are other destinations we need to reach.

The Tools and Techniques of Therapy

I’m not a jack-of-all-trades therapist. I’ve found from over 15 years in private practice and hundreds of clients helped that different approaches work better in different situations. EMDR can be extremely effective in dealing with deeply-rooted trauma. PACT is a powerful approach for healing, building and strengthening couples relationships. IFS acknowledges that are inner ‘parts’ are not always pulling in the same direction and works to integrate these into a cohesive and empowering whole. Dealing with Anxiety can require a multitude of approaches.

In this section you’ll find information, descriptions and resources about many of these and other approaches I incorporate into the work we do together. Please feel free to ask questions on these or other therapeutic approaches.

EMDR: A Powerful Trauma Treatment

What is EMDR?   EMDR—Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing—is a revolutionary therapy proven by research to be effective in the treatment and relief of a wide range of disorders. It is a simple, non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which...

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PACT – A Highly Effective Approach to Couples Therapy

After a lot of research into the most effective approaches to couples counseling, I made the decision to incorporate PACT: Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® into my practice. PACT is a highly effective method for dealing with the seemingly intractable...

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An Owners Manual for Your Relationship; The PACT Approach

“How can you not understand that I am exhausted and need you to be more helpful with the children?” Anna says wearily to Max. Max replies, “Anna, that’s ridiculous, I do help, I help all the time. I’m tired too. My job is killing me. If you need more help, call your...

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Energizing a Tired Part – Internal Family Systems

I was working with a client recently on an Internal Family Systems (IFS) exercise. IFS (by Richard Schwartz) is an amazing kind of therapy which involves the use of “parts”. Basically, in IFS, the individual gets to know his or her different parts, which involve...

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