What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is the process of healing unresolved issues and patterns from childhood in order to live a happier, more joyous, and peaceful life. By using a multi-dimensional approach, we will look at how you operate on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels, and provide you with the safety and direction to make the necessary changes that you are craving.
In individual therapy, I believe that the most influential component of change in therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist, and in the safety of that relationship, change can most easily occur. I work with clients to develop a relationship with their “inner-child,” which is the part of us that internalized the world around us in our early development in order to figure out “who we are.” In many cases, it is this inner-child who needs comfort, healing, and safety in order to allow the adult to find emotional freedom. I believe in Carl Roger’s theory that the client has all of the inner-resources necessary to create change in their lives, and it is the therapeutic relationship that can help the client to bring about these changes. When appropriate, we will work together to look at the thoughts and behaviors that have become a block to progress, and create new and more empowering patterns to engage in.
In couples therapy, we explore the way that the couple communicates with one another, and make the necessary changes in order to restore a sense of trust and cooperation in the relationship. Many times in relationships, we just communicate with our partner in the way that our parents communicated with one another, and we replay negative patterns without knowing that there is a loving and peaceful alternative. We will also look at what inner self-concepts are affecting each member of the couple, and discuss ways to heal those patterns so that both members of the couple can be the most authentic version of themselves. Our goal is to restore (or create for the first time) intimacy in the relationship, which is the state of allowing our partners to see all aspects of who we are, and allowing them to love us because of our intricacies and fears, not in spite of them.