I practice depth-oriented psychotherapy, which is psychotherapy directed toward integration of one’s personality largely through insight about the underlying dynamics that drive one’s psychological problems. These problems may manifest themselves as anxiety, depression, or other symptoms which in some way limit our ability to fully engage in living. These problems are often rooted in one’s childhood history, and frequently operate unconsciously, that is out of our awareness. Through my careful listening and attuned responding to you in the context of the the trusting relationship we establish, we create access to underlying experiences and feelings and begin to observe how things work for you psychologically. Paying attention to oneself in this way can bring about a profound psychological process that can be transformational over time.
As a depth-oriented therapist, I try to meet my patients where they are while also inviting them to explore new depths. It is my task to hold open space for this paradox, to maintain the tension of opposites between known history and reality, and as yet unknown, or unconscious, possibility. In the presence of a therapist trained in a depth approach, patients become able to listen to their experiences with new dimensionality. They will discover and gradually embrace aspects of themselves that had seemed too contradictory to hold consciously, facilitating the unfolding of a greater sense of wholeness and integrity as well as an expanding sense of curiosity about the ways in which growth is blocked from within. The overall capacity to grow is strengthened, and over time, individuals develop a reliable inner compass that allows them to more successfully navigate the challenges in their lives.
I offer my patients depth-oriented psychotherapy because I believe it can provide the most profound and long-lasting benefits to one’s mental and emotional wholeness and well-being. It facilitates not only symptom relief but aides in the very meaningful task of one becoming more fully and truly who one is.
My work is informed by many psychological theories. In particular, I find inspiration and useful ideas from Jungian and contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives, as well as from attachment theory and neuroscience. I often work with dreams and other symbolic material including the use of art and Sandplay, if a patient is interested in working with these means.