The foundation of my practice is rooted in psychodynamic theory, which is uniquely adaptable for most anyone including, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. A psychodynamic approach explores personality in terms of conscious and unconscious forces, such as unconscious desires and beliefs. It is commonly understood that childhood experiences shape personality. Most people intuitively grasp that we all find ourselves behaving at times in ways we don’t fully understand. Psychodynamic therapy is in part based on the idea that we are not transparent to ourselves and that sometimes, what we do not know or understand about ourselves causes us problems. The less aware we are of these unconscious factors, the more they control us and the more we stay stuck in unproductive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that disable and limit us.
These problematic patterns are sometimes more obvious to us in others than in ourselves. It’s easy to notice that a friend keeps getting involved with one troubled guy after the other. Or your brother who has so much potential but never manages to get his act together, or your controlling co-worker who is always negative and pessimistic, or your insecure, over-achieving friend who works herself to death to the detriment of her family.
My role as your therapist is to help you come into greater contact with yourself, especially with thoughts and feelings that may not be readily visible to you. We all have psychological blind spots but the more we’re able to know ourselves, the less these blind spots interfere with our being able to have nourishing, healthy relationships and lead fuller, more satisfying lives.
Crucial to the therapeutic environment is a healthy bond between the therapist and client. Very often, the level of healing is directly proportional to the strength of the bond between therapist and client. The more trusting and unconditional the relationship, the deeper the work can penetrate and become integrated.
I look forward to working with you!