INFORMATION ABOUT THERAPY
Dr. Michelle Peacock, Clinical & Forensic Psychologist
Dr. Michelle's Philosophy and Approach to Therapy
I am trained in a variety of empirically supported psychological treatments including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), problem-solving therapy, behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, structural family therapy (SFT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT). Although many of these therapeutic techniques are highly structured, I take an individualized approach to understanding my clients, viewing each client as unique with personal life experiences belonging only to you.
Empathy, Authenticity, and Healing
An important predictor of progress in therapy is the therapist’s empathy, which is well documented in research. Authenticity involves being genuine, truthful, and honest with yourself and others. Empathy and authenticity provide a foundation for successful therapy. This foundation allows you to go through the often difficult, but rewarding, process of therapy, ultimately helping you gain insights necessary to be your true self. Therapy should be challenging and supportive where you learn tools to be your own therapist. Your full potential is always within reach and a therapeutic relationship based in sincere, empathetic, and authentic dialogue is healing.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), as defined by the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, is a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching clients skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior.
Forensic psychology, as defined by the American Psychological Association, is the application of clinical specialties to the legal arena. Forensic psychologists provide many different forensic services including the evaluation of individuals involved in the legal system, expert testimony, and consultation to legal professionals and the courts.