People seek out therapy for a wide variety of reasons – stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, addictions, past traumas, or some combination thereof. Whether it’s these, or just simply the stuff of life that keeps getting in your way, it is a courageous decision to enter therapy.
Therapy begins by acknowledging this decision and getting to know you. Listening to your story and what brought you into my office sets the stage for our work together. As a therapist, I know that our relationship is the most important factor in determining the outcome of our work – I value the level of trust and faith that you place in me.
What is your approach to psychotherapy?
This is a frequently asked question of any therapist. I consider my approach as integrated. This means that I will integrate from different schools of thought as clinically indicated for the person with whom I’m working. The three dominant schools of thought in my work with individuals are:
- Psychodynamic Therapy. Psychodynamic theory originated with Freud, and focuses on the importance of childhood and family issues as being the determinants of our personality.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive and cognitive-behavioral approaches have strong research support for the treatment of anxiety, depression and other conditions. They focus on identifying the underlying negative thoughts and assumptions which lead to our emotions and behaviors.
- Imago Relationship Therapy. Imago provides a deeper understanding to help individuals obtain and sustain healthier relationships. It identifies the negative patterns that can keep one stuck, uncovers their origins in childhood and emergence in adult relationships and then learn new tools and strategies to create more fulfilling relationships.
Another way that the integrated approach comes into play is in looking at the person holistically – recognizing that physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and relational aspects all interact in one’s make-up. I like to look into each of these areas to see how they can be supports to one’s overall health. Growth comes from health, and health comes from balance. Developing a balanced lifestyle is an integral piece of achieving health and growth in one’s life.