Dr. Shea’s main therapeutic approaches are based on Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Motivational Interviewing (MI) and other empirically supported modalities are also used when clinically indicated.
Mindfulness focuses on present moment experience (thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and bodily sensations) to allow for deeper investigation, self-awareness, and ultimately problem resolution. From this perspective, individuals learn therapeutic tools of curiosity and compassion, which can lead to healthier life choices and acceptance.
ACT is based on helping individuals to engage with the wisdom they have inside, to move in a deeply meaningful direction. They do this through carefully chosen committed actions that serve their values, rather than actions that are governed by avoidance of their pain and suffering.
CBT identifies the interconnection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is based on the traingular concept that thoughts, behaviors, and emotions influence one another. For example, negative thoughts about oneself, might lead to isolation, which then, in turn, can contribute to negative mood states. CBT is particularly useful to treat anxiety, phobias, obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors.