The therapeutic techniques I use most come from the theories of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Somatic Experiencing, and Humanistic Psychology.
Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors which can improve emotional regulation and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current life problems. CBT can be a very helpful tool ― either alone or in combination with other therapies ― in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder.
Somatic Experiencing, created by Dr. Peter Levine, is aimed at relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on one's perceived body sensations. It is based on the premise that the threat response in our nervous system gets stuck on "on," and so we find ourselves automatically preoccupied with the past, or else projecting the past into the future. Many of us are not even aware that we are doing it. We can lose track of what it's like to slow down and pleasantly be in the present. I personally have felt how amazing it feels to just be, to feel the sensations of simply being alive in a living, human body instead of constantly worrying and anxiously scheming. Mindfulness techniques can vary, but in general, mindfulness meditation involves a breathing practice, mental imagery, awareness of body and mind, and muscle and body relaxation.
Humanistic Therapy emphasizes the importance of being your true self in order to lead the most fulfilling life. Humanism suggests that a person is created with a distinct priority of needs and drives, and that each person must rely on a personal sense of inner wisdom and healing. Rather than emphasizing the ways a person is dysfunctional or "less than," humanistic therapy focuses on your positive attributes. The therapist helps to guide you in developing healthy behaviors instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of your life. You are seen as a good, powerful, and a creative person. As you learn to view yourself from this positive perspective, you become more capable and successful in solving your problems. The therapist isn't there to push you or tell you what to do. They're only there to listen to you, provide a sounding board for you, and help you realize that you have the power to make the changes you need to make to meet those needs.