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My Therapeutic Goals:
Clients come to therapy and propose that there is something “wrong” with them. Unknowingly, people have often been in relationships that have taught them that any “wrong” they feel in their lives begins with who they are. They learn to believe this and to assign the label “wrong” to themselves.
I offer a different perspective: I don’t think that there is something wrong with you. I think that perhaps there is something wrong for you. This perspective can seem completely foreign at first, however, it is the process of therapy that can shift the feeling of being “wrong” to an intuitive, felt sense that you are just right.
It is normal human experiences of struggle and suffering that bring people to a psychotherapy process. You may feel that something in your life is not making sense or is not working. Whether that be a relationship, your reactions to life events that don’t seem measured, an old experience of trauma that has been triggered in the present, or other challenging or negative experiences; it is all okay. Whatever it is that brings you in, I maintain that there is nothing “wrong” with you, that there is just something wrong for you.
To understand where you got lost and to address these issues, we will actively co-create new meanings that can allow for a wider range of engagement in life, deeper levels of knowing the self to allow for greater authenticity and freedom. We do this by counting on the co-created therapeutic relationship to provide you with a core experience of a genuine connection. When we can be in authentic connection, we know we belong, we experience our sense of humanity, dignity and develop a deep sense of our “rightness”. It is in relationships that we develop our core concept of ourselves and it is in healthy relationships that we change.
The Process of Psychotherapy:
In psychotherapy, there is nothing that you are not allowed to talk about. This uncensored expression is one aspect of what creates opportunities for powerful learning and change. As we develop a trusting therapeutic relationship, we broaden the space for self-reflection and growth. As your ability to know and accept your self – even the parts of you that you don’t like – expands, your sense of self grows more resilient and stronger. Your life circumstances may not change, but the ways that you relate to them do. This can make all the difference.
Getting beyond the shame of “I am wrong” requires vulnerability, acceptance and self compassion. It can be a complex process and difficult to do it on your own. I have worked with many people to help them understand the complexities of the intersections between their life events, their relationships, their emotions and expressions of self. I enjoy being an ally to my clients, walking with them as they discover that they are so much more than their struggle; the unfolding of their expression of authenticity is a great joy to witness.
Therapeutic Theories I work with:
There are hundreds of perspectives from which to explore the self. Here are the theoretical orientations that I have been trained in and that have been most interesting and powerful for me and my clients so far:
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment
- Neurobiologically informed psychotherapy
- Intersubjectivity Theory
- Feminist Relational Psychotherapy
- Humanistic Psychotherapy
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (aka Attachment Focused Family Therapy)
- Satir Family Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
- Developmental Psychotherapy
- Attachment Theory
- Anti-Oppressive Theories in therapy