Addressing each person’s specific situation may require a combination of therapeutic modalities and techniques. Dr. Morris uses relational psychotherapy as the basis of her approach; she believes that strong, fulfilling relationships with others can help people maintain well-being. Increasing a person’s ability to build these relationships more effectively begins with the therapeutic alliance created with Dr. Morris in the safe and confidential space of therapy sessions. A primary goal that Dr. Morris seeks to achieve with each patient is helping them to better organize their lives and maintain links with the important people who can support them in their life outside of therapy. Other patients seek to revisit memories of trauma or explore unacceptable aspects of themselves that are too threatening to confront alone. Dr. Morris helps patients access and assemble bits and pieces of their experiences and histories and fosters each person to develop insight into how this history informs their current struggles. Along the way, some patients make connections that lead them to greater understanding of the origins of their current anxiety states. Some even successfully uncover how anxiety states became cemented in place as a result of relationships earlier in their life. This allows them to better identify triggers of anxiety in their current relationships.
Dr. Morris views each patient as an individual all with their own unique needs and ways of responding. She often finds it helpful to incorporate other therapeutic modalities into treatment depending on the needs of each patient. For the acutely anxious person seeking immediate relief from panic attacks and other debilitating symptoms of anxiety, techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are especially helpful in reducing anxiety in the short term. CBT helps patients modify dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts while focusing on solutions and encourages patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. Dr. Morris also teaches and encourages the practice of Mindfulness, which has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.