There’s no one way of doing psychotherapy. Some people come for deep exploration of formative experiences–including the impact of dreams and familial or cultural heritage–to better understand themselves and their own needs, desires, conflicts, and potentials. Others prefer a more structured approach to clearly defined issues and measurable goals. Some people struggle with traumatic memories that have eluded resolution and continue to affect their current sense of well-being. Different approaches apply in these very different situations, but all start with building a therapeutic relationship of trust on a foundation of compassionate, nonjudgmental listening and understanding. In our work, we may decide to use such tools as EMDR, which is a way of processing memories that works with the mind’s self-healing power, and hypnosis, which uses focused attention to access the mind’s deep creative potential. We will work together to determine whether brief or longer-term therapy will best meet your needs. Your feedback is always welcome so that our work can continually prioritize what is most important to you.
When something is off in our primary relationships, our whole lives can feel strained and lacking. Our first order of business in couple therapy is to establish a safe space where we can identify the dysfunctional patterns in the relationship and what the partners are seeking from each other. Relationships, as well as the unique individuals that comprise them, go through developmental stages, each one presenting its own challenges. Partners may wonder where the excitement of their earliest days together has gone or may struggle to maintain connection after years of commitment. Recurrent conflicts, or a serious betrayal like an affair, may lead to questioning whether the relationship can even go on. We will explore the causes of relationship distress and the ways each partner is willing and able to work toward healing it.