The life challenges can seem especially daunting when our 'default' coping strategies undermine our best efforts to learn, relate and succeed. While familar coping strategies were likely useful in the past, without some adjustment they tend to fail us as we continue to live our lives. More troublesome, our familiar default thought and behavior patterns are often hidden from our immediate perception, and so can unconsciously interfere with and undermine our perception, confidence, creativity and ultimately our ability to foster joy for ourselves and others.
I strongly believe that outdated thought and behavior patterns can be transformed into more conscious, creative and effective solutions through a collaborative and reparative psychotherapeutic process. I also believe that psychotherapy provides a private sounding board-- outside of one's immediate family and social circles-- which can help develop budding new thoughts and directions including opportunities for self-discovery, self-expression and new more fulfilling life relationships.
The progress and duration of treatment vary from person to person and depend on a variety of factors including the nature and intensity of one's initial concerns, goals of treatment, motivation and life circumstances including those which may arise over the course of therapy. Many people report benefitting from psychotherapy although the process can be challenging and raise uncomfortable feelings at times. Such feelings are, however, a natural part of the healing and growth process and are usually strong catalysts for positive dynamic change.
In our sessions I will work with you to determine a course of treatemnt that will be most helpful to you. In addition to talk therapy, we may also choose to incorporate experiential techniques, body awareness and mindfulness-based practices.