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My psychotherapy practice reflects my evolving understanding of  how emotional and behavioral problems develop and the methods that we can use to resolve them.

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 I did my early training in psychodynamic psychotherapy where I  focused on the primacy of the treatment relationship and the necessity of attending to deeper emotional realms in order to transform pain into insight and relief.   I also studied cognitive behavioral therapy and mind-body approaches, both of which have given me new techniques to share with my clients.   About fourteen years ago, I began my training in EMDR Therapy (www.EMDR.org), a theory and methodology for the treatment of trauma.  My initial interest in this type of therapy work came from my recognition that many of the people whom I was treating in my practice were either trauma survivors and/or in some way stuck and struggling with repetitive patterns of reacting (emotionally, behaviorally, physically) in their lives.  Learning about EMDR and integrating it into my work has allowed me to further incorporate many of my beliefs about what is transformative and healing.

We are built as human beings, to be attached to others who are safe and loving and accurate reflectors of our emotional selves.  It is in this environment that we develop a healthy and positive sense of self.  The psychotherapy relationship, if it is to be healing, needs to embody these qualities  (www.aedpinstitute.org).  Healing and change require the accessing of emotions in a moment-to-moment way that includes the body’s wisdom and responses. Insight and self-understanding are extremely helpful but do not, in and of themselves, necessarily create lasting change.  Our minds/memories/early relationships and losses, deeply influence our views of our selves as well as our views of our surrounding world.  Psychotherapy should be concerned with both of these realms (i.e. internal and external functioning), with special attention paid to how we relate to and understand ourselves.

I try to be responsive to the unique therapeutic needs of each client with an eclectic and non-dogmatic approach. When asked about my “theoretical orientation” I tend to identify myself as an ”integrated therapist.”  I work to build a strong relational foundation from which we create and then move through an individualized and focused treatment plan.