Therapeutic Approach

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dr. Saedi employs a variety of traditional cognitive behavioral therapy approaches including cognitive restructuring, identification of “thought distortions,” thought logs, and homework assignments to teach a variety of skills.

These tools aim to aid clients in decreasing anxious and depressive thought patterns and to replace them with healthier ways of thinking and coping.

Through identifying the patterns using simple techniques such as the ABC’s (affect, behavior, cognition) of scenarios, she teaches her clients ways of interrupting and reducing negative cognitive habits.

Positive Psychology

An intrinsic optimist herself, Dr. Saedi is drawn to infusing the latest findings from the realm of positive psychology into her work.

This can take shape in many different forms including cultivating compassion and resiliency, adopting an “attitude of gratitude,” and focusing on signature strengths.

Interventions in this domain may include keeping a gratitude journal, using positive self-affirmations, and using Seligman’s strengths finder tool to identify and further cultivate positive personality traits.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

If there is one book Dr. Saedi wishes the world would read it is Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are.

In this title, the essence of mindfulness practice is introduced and elucidated.

Commonly, the tenents of mindfulness have been understood to include such practices as letting go, non-judgment, patience, non-striving, and trust. In our modern-day world with so many demands and pressures, practicing mindfulness is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.

Yoga Therapy

Following her graduate work in clinical psychology, Dr. Saedi went on to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Three Sisters Yoga in Portland, Oregon.

This was a lifelong dream of hers as she found yoga in college when hoping to reduce some of her own anxiety! Nearly a decade later, she pursued training as a way of infusing it into her therapy practice.

Previously, Dr. Saedi created and offered a yoga therapy group for teens with anxiety which focused on restorative poses, meditation and deep breathing practices.

While she hopes to bring back this group in the near future, she does employ many of the basic breathing techniques in session with clients.

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