Therupeutic Approaches

I believe that healing and growth takes place in the atmosphere inside a really good therapeutic alliance.  I employ a variety of tools and techniques to help my patients attain their goals, and seek to tailor the approaches I use to suit each individual person.  I maintain a great respect for individual differences, and welcome the opportunity to work with clients of diverse races, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as with those with different sexual orientations.

 My therapeutic approach most often combines Object Relations and Cognitive Behavioral perspectives.  The first attempts to help you understand how you got to where you are, and the second aims to help you make the changes you desire, now.


Object Relations Psychotherapy

This approach, a descendant of psychoanalysis, is inspired by the belief that our earliest  experiences with others tend to lay down a blueprint that will incline us to act, feel, and think in certain predictable ways in just about every area of life.  Until you has some sense of this roadmap, you can’t bring about the kind of change that would make for the successful outcomes you want for yourself.  And yes, this kind of work requires that you be actively involved with the efforts of the therapist to understand yourself then and now. Core issues, such as the ability to trust and count on certain others, originate from this core psychological structure.  For instance, if you learned that your needs and vulnerabilities were not well accepted by others early in life, to what degree can you genuinely accept these aspects of yourself as an adult?  And how well equipped are you to accept the human flaws in someone else?  When left unexamined, these habits of mind and feeling can continue to determine the rest of your life, preventing you from fully responding to the possibility that, presently, you only dimly perceive.

 

Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy (CBT)

“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which have actually happened”  -Mark Twain

This approach brings into focus some of the old ideas that we tenaciously hold on to, ideas that we hold dear, that in fact are ones we’ve outgrown and now rain on our parade and spoil our dreams.  This approach holds that it is not the events or circumstances that determine how a person thinks, it is, rather, the meaning one makes of these events. Simply put, it is the way people interpret what happens that determines how they feel about themselves and everything else around them. These mental events are often determined by a set of irrational beliefs sitting at the bottom of the mind to sour all experience.

 With this approach, you and I would evaluate the way you are seeing yourself, thinking about yourself, and talking to yourself.  We would then examine that information for balance and proportion, which means taking a close look at how accurate the self-messages really are.  With this kind of work it is possible for one to rewrite the script so that you’ve finally got one that can move you forward in a direction more truly suited to who you really are. 

 In Addition

There are times when I draw from many other approaches to offer what may be helpful to the person sitting in front of me.  Those include: Gestalt approaches, Jung’s Active Imagination techniques, Redecision Therapy from Transactional Analysis, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to promote interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance, and mindfulness techniques.