I view myself as an equal collaborator with helpful knowledge and understanding. I'm a believer in equality, justice and an ally to LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients and continue to learn about the different struggles and strengths we experience as humans.
In addition to my education and training (see below), my life experience is my most valuable asset when working with clients. In my own healing process, I have learned that change is possible and provide hope for those who feel like they have lost theirs. I also understand the time and financial commitment that goes into therapy. It's no easy task to look inward and the risk is worth the reward of more fulfilling relationships and empowerment.
What I hold closest to my heart is a genuine connection with clients. There is a lot of room for growth in a safe relationship that can get to the root of intimate suffering. Some would say that the relationship is the most therapeutic aspect of therapy. When we meet, I'm learning about your history, dreams, goals, struggles and strengths. My intention is to connect and be of service in the best way I can.
Please contact me if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. I look forward to speaking with you.
- Hillary -
Education and Training
I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master's in Counseling Psychology in 2006. I then interned for 6 years and obtained my state license in 2012. My academic background is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with additional training and education in the following:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Treats mood disorders and changes unhelpful behavioral patterns such as suicidality, substance abuse and interpersonal difficulty.
- Seeking Safety: Treats those struggling with trauma and substance abuse at the same time. Old treatment models would address one at a time - get sober then we'll address your trauma or address your trauma then we can talk about your substance abuse. This model addresses BOTH issues at the same time.
- Emotionally Focused Therapy: EFT is intended as a brief treatment for couples. Its primary foci are attachment and breaking negative communication patterns.
- Internal Family Systems: aka Parts Work. This modality views a person as many different parts with each part having their own individual function. The parts are typically present to protect the person's core, vulnerable self. I've found this approach to be very effective with trauma survivors because it builds self-compassion for parts that a person may not like or disapproves of. A harsh internal critic is an example of a part.
- EMDR: aka Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing was developed by Francine Shapiro by accident. She stumbled upon it while struggling with an issue herself and created an effective tool to help heal trauma. No one really knows how it works but it can provide great relief. You can learn more about it here.
- Motivational Interviewing: A method used to move a person from one stage of change to another. For example, if a person is ambivalent about quitting drinking, MI helps a person change by resolving ambivalence.
- Hakomi: Focuses on mindful attention to body sensations, emotions and memories with the intention of breaking old patterns of behavior.
- Non-violent Communication: I divide communication into 3 layers - the top layer is content, the middle is the pattern and the bottom layer is our genuine feelings and needs. Non-violent communication addresses the bottom layer by giving our core self and others the empathy needed for genuine self-expression.
© 2021 Hillary Dupuis, MFT
BBS License No. 52412