I am passionate about being an interactive, supportive, and (gently) challenging therapist. Our busy lives leave us little time to process emotions, leaving disappointments, fears, resentment and pain no outlet until they reach overwhelming levels. I focus on earning your trust so that we can grapple with these difficult issues together. Using psychoanalytic theory as a foundation, I integrate evidenced based interventions to customize a treatment that is both effective and tailored to you. My approach focuses on creating lasting change to help you live a more thoughtful, fulfilling, and rewarding life.
Web based video sessions are available when they are not clinically contra-indicated. Please ask if you think video sessions may be beneficial to you.
PSYCHOANALYTICALLY ORIENTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
Often our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are motivated by factors that we are not fully conscious of. For example, how we understood our parents’ marriage in childhood might influence how we act in our present relationships. By honoring the fact that we are complicated, that we have histories, that we have a rich inner life, we are able to address patterns that repeat. I will not be a “blank slate” therapist. Instead, you and I will use the information we gain in our therapy relationship to shed more light on what makes you tick. Working from a psychodynamic perspective enables us to make deep change, to alter long standing patterns allowing you to feel relief and a bit freer. It’s a creative, alive, interactive process.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY
DBT is a recently developed and well researched treatment that addresses dysregulation, or a lack of balance. Philosophically, DBT integrates eastern ideals like meditation and mindfulness with western evidenced based therapeutic techniques. DBT is a highly structured treatment that focuses on building skills to help you have better relationships, deal with strong emotions more effectively, tolerate life’s inevitable suffering more gracefully, and find balance. The focus in DBT is to live a life worth living.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Cognitive behavioral therapy is the treatment of choice for a number of issues including depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and eating disorders. It involves changing the thoughts and behaviors that are interfering with everyday functioning, and can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
When we know we should change something (eating, shopping, substances, smoking etc) but we don’t really want to… or maybe we do want to…. motivational interviewing is a highly effective treatment. The focus is on understanding, and respecting, ambivalence. Ambivalence is normal, and change is hard. We’ll partner together to see if you’re ready to try something different.
HARM REDUCTION PSYCHOTHERAPY
Harm reduction psychotherapy is a revolutionary approach to change. This approach emphasizes the wisdom of each person to determine for him or herself what kind of change they would like to make, and when. You, rather than me, will prioritize what matters most to you and I will support your view. In addiction treatment, abstinence is typically emphasized as the only solution. However, harm reduction psychotherapy views abstinence as one end of the spectrum. Perhaps you’re not ready to give up marijuana, but you are concerned that you spend too much money on it and you’d like to learn how to cut back. I will give you facts and support you in your journey.
Dr. Mulligan provides therapy to address the following:
- Challenges in relationships
- Problematic use of substances
- Life changes (marriage, divorce, move)
- Stress and anxiety
- Sadness, emptiness, loneliness
- Feeling out of control
- Post partum blues, anxiety, or depression
- Career issues
- Intimacy difficulties
- Self esteem
- Self injury
- Problems with eating or weight
- Finding more fulfillment and joy in life
- Sexual identity
And the following diagnoses:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Substance use
- Trauma and PTSD
- Personality Disorders
- Obsessional Compulsive Disorder
- Adjustment Disorder
- Eating Disorders