Oakland Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples

Oakland City Center
1305 Franklin Street
Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612


Phone:
415-508-6263





Reality Attunement Therapy

Reality Attunement Therapy is a multifaceted approach that draws from a variety of theoretical approaches to help individuals overcome psychological challenges and improve their overall mental health. Three prominent schools of psychotherapy integrated in our unique integrated approach include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), existential therapy, and Buddhist psychology. Each approach brings unique perspectives and techniques to the therapeutic process, and when integrated, can provide a powerful framework for helping clients achieve lasting change.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that changing one can lead to changes in the others. CBT is often used to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.

Existential therapy, on the other hand, is a humanistic approach that focuses on the individual’s search for meaning and purpose in life. It emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility and choice, and encourages clients to explore their own values and beliefs. Existential therapy is often used to help clients navigate life transitions, such as grief and loss, and to help them find a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.

Buddhist psychology is a unique approach to psychotherapy that draws on the teachings of Buddhism. It emphasizes the importance of mindfulness, compassion, and non-attachment, and encourages clients to develop a greater awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Buddhist psychology is often used to help clients manage stress and anxiety, and to develop a greater sense of inner peace and well-being.

When integrated, these three approaches can provide a powerful framework for helping clients achieve lasting change. For example, a client who is struggling with anxiety might benefit from a CBT approach that helps them identify and challenge negative thought patterns, while also incorporating mindfulness and meditation practices from Buddhist psychology to develop a greater sense of inner calm and emotional regulation.

Similarly, a client who is experiencing a life transition or existential crisis might benefit from an existential therapy approach that encourages them to explore their own values and beliefs, while also incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion practices from Buddhist psychology to help them stay present and engaged with their emotions.

Integrating these approaches requires a skilled and experienced therapist who can tailor their interventions to the individual needs and goals of each client. It also requires a willingness on the part of the client to engage in the therapeutic process and to explore new ways of thinking and being.

Overall, the integration of cognitive-behavioral, existential, and Buddhist psychology approaches to psychotherapy can provide a powerful framework for helping clients achieve lasting change and improve their overall mental health and well-being. By drawing on the unique strengths and techniques of each approach, we are able to provide a holistic and personalized approach to treatment that meets the individual needs and goals of each client.