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Tapping into your inner strength and getting past your past
Mantra Mental Health therapist Sam Bergstein, licensed independent social worker, is trained in EMDR therapy, DBT, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness practices, CBT, distress tolerance, and multisystemic methods. This means that Sam can help you understand your symptoms, explore past experiences, and reach your mental health goals by building skills and by working to engage your rational mind, emotional responses, and physical reactions to these memories.
We understand that sometimes you may seek a specific type of therapy based on a recommendation, past experience, or research you have done. By engaging with this therapist, there is always a possibility that the type of therapy you seek may not be safe at this time or it may not be the most appropriate method to address your concerns.
Sam strives to use holistic, integrative, evidence based practices in order to deliver the best possible services for you.
With this said, Sam's methods typically include a combination of various types of therapy. For example, if you request "DBT therapy", this can be accommodated but it is likely that most sessions will involve a combination of different methods in addition to DBT.
Therapies used include but are not limited to:
EMDR- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a therapy which works to alleviate distress associated with traumatic or negative memories or messages that may be related to mental health symptoms, behaviors, and negative beliefs about yourself and the world. EMDR consists of the building of coping, grounding, distress tolerance, and mindfulness skills, discussion of past events and related negative thoughts about self, and uses "directed lateral movement" in the form of eye movement back and forth, tapping from one side to the other, or audio stimulation back and forth between the ears, which may aid in the processing and desensitization of information/memories that may be "stuck" in and triggering your survival responses.
Internal Family Systems and Parts Work- IFS uses the concept that we all have different parts of ourselves. At times, these parts may be wounded from past experiences and hold painful emotions such as anger and shame. Wounded parts may try to protect you by engaging in behaviors, feeling emotions, and having thoughts that may create conflict within yourself as well as within your relationships and functioning in other areas of your life including work, school, etc. IFS strives to recognize the (usually good) intentions of the parts of you that may be causing conflict or discord in your life and help to heal these parts and relieve them of the heavy burdens they may have been carrying throughout your life.
DBT- Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to improve mental health and reduce conflict within relationships by increasing emotional regulation skills, use of mindfulness skills, improvement of interpersonal effectiveness skills, and increasing ability to tolerate distress.
CBT- Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on improving mental health, behavior, and moods by challenging and changing unhelpful thought patterns, increasing coping skills, and problem solving.