Therapy Grounded in Empathy
Stuart Kosh specializes in DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing. He has helped many find remission from maladaptive coping and compulsive behaviors. His time in Iraq with the Army Infantry allows him to have a great deal of empathy for veterans and those struggling with trauma. He understands substance use disorder and takes a unique wholistic approach when addressing the disease.
CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Stuart was introduced to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 2009, after returning from a combat tour in Iraq. He began using the evidence-based practice at the VA to overcome his own struggles with PTSD. Since becoming a social worker in 2012, Stuart has worked with hundreds of patients to identify their own cognitive distortions which cause anxiety, depression and general discontent.
DBT – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Stuart was introduced to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in 2013 while working with Dual Diagnosed Veterans struggling with housing insecurity. The evidence-based practice has helped his clients practice mindfulness, better regulate emotion, find radical acceptance and move toward greater distress tolerance.
Stuart believes that listening is one of the greatest gifts a therapist has to offer. Validating his patient’s experience allows him to build rapport and truly understand what the patient is struggling with. Stuart is genuinely curious to know what it is his patients are going through. He uses a Socratic line of questioning to aid those he is in session with better understand their own struggle and allow for a true client centered approach.
Bowenian Family Therapy
Stuart believes many peoples actions stem from recreating a neural map learned from childhood. He works with patients to better understand what they were taught as children, enabling them to think critically about the root of their belief system and why they have adopted the principles they would like to change.
Neurofeedback is part of Stuart’s work to provide brain training that up-regulates the part of the brain which controls executive functioning. Executive functioning is involved in emotional regulation, task switching, planning, and many other social tasks. More can be learned about Neurofeedback here. Neurofeedback can be an excellent complement to talk therapy.
Neurodiverse Couples, Families, Children, & Individuals
Stuart works with Neurodiverse children, teens, and couples. He works under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Lucking, PhD who is a published author, speaker, and expert in the field of Neurodiversity. Stuart supports NT partners who are experiencing challenges with social skills, identity formation, behavioral issues, OTRS (Ongoing Traumatic Relationship Syndrome). He uses the Island of Shared meaning model that Dr. Lucking created to support ND relationships and families to bridge the Neurodiverse gap. Stuart works with children and teens on the Autism spectrum to develop healthy coping skills to regulate emotions and manage distress. Supporting parents is also part of Stuart’s work as expectations and structural changes are essential to setting Neurodiverse families up for success.
Stuart has had a variety of additional experience working with children and families This includes working as a mentor with Northridge Middle School and teaching life skills to children, ages 2-12, through a soccer program called Soccer Shots.
Practice Areas & Specialties
- PTSD & Trauma
- Emotional Disturbance
- Relationship Issues
- Life transitions
- Family Conflict
Clients Modalities Locations
Clients: Adults, Teens, Children, Couples, Families
Modalities: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical Behavior (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, Trauma Focused, Neurofeedback
Locations: Telehealth (video/audio), Sacramento Office