MY APPROACH TO THERAPY IS COLLABORATIVE AND BEST LILLUSTRATED BY RUMI’S QUOTE ON MY HOME PAGE,
“Beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field and I will meet you there.”
In therapy I address the connections between the body, thoughts, emotions, spirit and behavior. All are equally important to approach in therapy because all are simultaneously present every second of our lives and suffer with each negative experience. When therapy fails to be comprehensive and contend with all these parts of ourselves patients can leave treatment saying things like “I know and understand it in my head, but not in my heart -or- to think about it still makes me sick to my stomach.”
Every individual, situation, and therapy session is unique in and of itself. One patient may respond to cognitive behavioral therapy and another does best with a mind body focus that includes EMDR and solution focused therapy. In different phases of therapy other approaches may work better than previous used ones. Therefore, to meet my patients needs I draw from a number of different therapeutic models including cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR therapy, solution focused therapy, family systems therapy, transpersonal psychology, 12-step recovery, addiction models, mind body therapies, trauma therapy, the trauma resiliency model, behavioral therapy, creative arts therapy, guided imagery and mindfulness. Together we will find what works best for you.
A note about creative arts therapy: You need not be an artist to do this; Your subconscious does it for you. It is simply using art as a means of expression, self discovery and awareness. Art can illicit deeply emotional responses in human beings. For example, people listen to specific songs when they feel a certain way or they may strongly relate to fictional characters in books, films or mythology. I like to let patients know they are free to bring art and music to session and explore the connection between it and their current or past experiences.