You may be wondering about the process of psychotherapy and how can it help? A great deal depends on what you bring. Your specific concerns will be addressed. My focus is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and respectful environment where you can talk openly about your concerns and I can understand your experience.
I encourage you to talk about yourself, and the people and events in your life. I want to understand your feelings. The sharing of your story can create the possibility of something new created realized in the moment.
The key to a successful psychotherapy is building a trusting working alliance between us. The therapeutic relationship needs to be respectful of professional boundaries, and focused on you. A mutual frame of reference is agreed on so that together we make sense of what we do.
Within the therapeutic relationship, the process of transformation can be set in motion. You can allow yourself to explore your feelings in greater depth with an attuned listener. By working through your own troubled areas with an empathetic therapist, you achieve a broader and deeper understanding of them.
What does healing look like? You experience yourself differently which can have a lasting impact. You may discover you can bring more of yourself into relationship and have greater connections with others. You may become more conscious of assumptions that have limited you and discover your own deeper feelings which will carry you further. The process may uncover your innate ability to envision the changes you want to make and live the life you desire. You may just feel better.
“Through others we become ourselves.” ― Lev S. Vygotsky
I am trained in Relational Psychotherapy which encompasses approaches such as self-psychology as well as attachment, intersubjectivity, existential, humanistic and feminist theory. Relational Psychotherapy acknowledges that our past and resent relationships with others, as well as the broader cultural and social circumstances we are a part of, impacts on who we think we are. Simultaneously, our beliefs about ourselves and others influence how we are in the world.
“Only in the presence of compassion will people allow themselves to see the truth.”