Dr Michelle Matoff, Psy.D, LCSW,
Certified Bariatric Counselor,
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Certified
Types of psychotherapy
Not all people respond to one type of psychotherapy. Having been eclectically trained, Michelle draws upon a variety of psychotherapy theories and methodologies to provide the best possible treatment outcomes for her clients. The types of therapies Michelle provides are listed and described below:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy helps to change the context in which a person relates to their symptoms, allowing for more adaptive ways of relating to discomfort. Goals of ACT are to make behavioral choices that reflect upon a person’s values and to allow challenging and uncomfortable personal thoughts and feelings to coexist.
Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (STPP)
Some people find it helpful to explore a specific problematic behavioral pattern to better understand their current unsatisfactory choices they are making in their life. A better understanding of the connections between the past and the present pattern can lead to new and more desirable interactive patterns. Goals of STPP are to reduce symptoms, gain coping skills, gain awareness of choices, and to have better interpersonal relationships.
This type of psychotherapy helps a person to make links between the unconscious and the conscious aspects of their life. Jungian psychotherapy helps people to gain a deeper level of self-understanding and self-potential through the strategy of dream interpretation. When a person is not in crisis, dream work can provide an innovative way to explore and gain insight towards one’s authentic self. Jungian work can examine your life from the perspective of where have you been, where are you now, and who are you becoming.
I will at times, use a structured behavioral model that examines environmental triggers that produce emotional and physiological responses. Undesirable behaviors can occur and lead to negative consequences. The goal is to change problematic behavior.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a contemporary cognitive behavioral approach that provides a broad range of practical coping skills that are complemented by Eastern Philosophy (mindfulness). DBT targets ingrained patterns that are driven by negative thinking and unhelpful automatic behaviors. Improved relationships and managing emotions and anxiety are goals of DBT therapy.