Doriane Besson, PhD.
I practice therapy from an integrative approach but frequently utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Multicultural Counseling to meet the needs of clients. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship concerns, and identity concerns (cultural/sexuality). I also have expertise providing support and treatment for individuals experiencing stressors unique to social injustice such as racism, gender discrimination, and homophobia. I worked in university counseling centers for over 10 years and have a strong background in college mental health to address issues such as life transitions, social isolation, academic stress, and time management.
My Therapy Beliefs
My approach to therapy is to create a warm and transparent environment while challenging unhelpful patterns to help clients gain insight and tools for improving their quality of life. My style is supportive, directive, and practical. I believe therapy is a collaborative process wherein a client is the expert of their subjective experience, while my role is to facilitate personal growth and healing. I believe that individuals experience life within multiple social and cultural systems; therefore, it may be important to provide space to explore cultural systems, identities, and values within therapy. Through therapy, clients learn to relate to themselves and others in ways that increase self-preservation, self-compassion, problem solving skills, and flexible thinking.
It is an honor to be part of my clients’ journey of healing. My goal as a therapist is to create a supportive and nonjudgmental space for clients to feel safe to be vulnerable and honest. For many people, there are few spaces in their lives designed to provide safety, understanding, empathy, and supportive challenge to improve quality of life. It is very rewarding to know that therapy is a place where this can be provided.
A Person-Centered Approach
Often times people want change but aren’t sure how to do it by themselves. At Peace of Mind Therapy, we take a person-centered approach to mental health so people can gain a deeper sense of self as they face life’s twists and turns. No two experiences are alike, but we’re excited to partner with you as your process the challenges you’ve experienced.