Dr. Lank is a licensed psychologist who holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
She has over fifteen years of direct clinical service that includes specialization in addiction medicine, substance related disorders, eating disorders and co-existing psychiatric disorders. With a commitment to addictions field and treatment development she has conducted original research of personality variables and alcohol abuse and dependence.
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My approach to psychotherapy is best described as eclectic. This means that I draw from a range of psychological/behavioral theories, tailoring my approach to the unique needs of each individual client. More specifically, I synthesize aspects of the following approaches as needed:
Cognitive-behavioral theory: This approach is very useful when clients need tools and strategies to interrupt negative thought patterns and behaviors. Cognitive therapy includes looking at one‘s internal dialogue, seeing where thought patterns may be self-defeating (negative core beliefs), and shifting these patterns to more optimal and self-nurturing ways of thinking.
Attachment theory: This approach considers the quality of one‘s current intimate relationships and explores how emotionally secure one felt in early relationships with parents. Attachment theory provides a useful framework for psychotherapy because it can pinpoint vulnerabilities in relation to self and others and help clients gain insight into dysfunctional patterns of relating.
Family Systems Therapy: This Systemic Model is a gentle process that addresses change within the family/support system. It is informed by marriage and family therapy and is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture, change and develop. This model is also used with in the systems of the disease of addiction. It emphasizes family/sober supportive relationships as a critical factor in addiction treatment, psychological health, and ongoing sobriety.