Philosophy and Approach

Psychodynamic therapy is a major influence in my work with clients. The daily challenges we face create physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional tensions, which affect the way we feel. Our body sends us signals to alert us to these challenges such as pain, stress, anxiety, worry, or fear.

These signals are often symptoms of larger issues that may need to be professionally addressed. Psychological symptoms have an adaptive purpose and are generally created in our unconscious mind as a solution. Because all sources of our pain are linked, our physical pain affects our emotional state, and our emotional pain affects our physical state. In order to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit we need to tend to the variety of signals our body is sending us.

Many people will address physical pain, yet ignore emotional and spiritual pain. One of the most effective ways to address all of our pain is to heighten our awareness of these signals, understand what is causing them, and identify what is needed to address them.

Therapy is a tool to help aid this process. I believe awareness is an important part of creating change, as is developing self-supportive habits and resolving the need for adaptive problem behaviors and symptoms that all too often become maladaptive.

My approach is insight-oriented and trauma-informed. It integrates self-psychology, object relations, developmental, attachment, neurobiology, and family systems theories. I also use cognitive behavioral techniques, guided imagery, and aromatherapy to help manage symptoms. EMDR, a trauma and distress reduction technique, is used when appropriate, along with Hypnosis, Process Healing Method, and other methods that help facilitate desired changes. I draw from these techniques to individualize therapy for each person and situation.

These techniques help foster awareness and guide changes in unwanted personality traits, negative relational patterns, behaviors, and symptoms while increasing positive patterns and desired relational and communication skills.

I encourage you to learn more about the possibilities for creating change so you will be better informed about the options for the work we will do together.