Therapy

Therapy as a process

Therapy is definitely a process, one that takes time, commitment and a willingness to know one’s self. Often clients will ask, “How does therapy work? Am I doing it right?” There are no right or wrong ways to be a client… only more ways to understand yourself, with the goal of building self-acceptance and self-trust. The therapeutic process includes several areas of focus; listening to one’s body, awakening and strengthening intuition, the therapeutic relationship, creative experiments.

Listening to Your Body | Awakening Intuition | The Therapeutic Relationship | Creative Experiments | Goals of Therapy

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Our movement tells a story, our bodies tell the truth, our listening to ourselves supports self-awareness and change.

I consider attention to one’s body to be an integral part of our work together. I believe that attentiveness to physical process permits a full experience of self and integrated growth. In our work together we will attend to movement patterns and styles of intensity to heighten self-awareness. For example, I pay attention to areas of tension, styles of breathing, and habitual postures and movement.

Issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndrome and addiction manifest in our physical bodies as well as our emotion bodies. Attention to both is vital for a full -recovery.

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Listening to one’s self awakens intuition. Trusting what you hear strengthens intuition.

Intuition is an integral ingredient of self-discovery. It is essential for continued growth and is often wounded and not trusted. I use my own intuitive sense to hear what may be underneath the surface of what is being spoken. I am clear this is my sense and it may or may not “fit” for you. However I will share my insights with you and add it to the mix of what we are creating in the session. I also trust your “sense” of things. Emotions are the language of our souls and therefore valuable to explore. This is how we strengthen intuition.

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I believe the relationship between therapist and client is an integral part of the therapy process. As your therapist I bring myself fully to the interaction between us. I bring a compassionate heart, a well-trained ear, and a strong belief in the transformative process. I listen not only to what you tell me, but how you tell me.

Often we have habituated responses and feelings (or themes) that replay in our current relationships. This is not only in relationship with others but also in relationship with our selves. In other words, how we treat ourselves, talk to ourselves and to others. These patterns will also surface within the relationship we co-create. Bringing these patterns into awareness is a valuable intervention in the therapeutic process and relationship.

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In order to heighten awareness and anchor new learning I offer individuals and couples the option of doing creative experiments. A creative experiment is a way of working with an issue other than just talking about it. The experiment might include movement, postural changes, physical support through the use of pillows or sofa cushions, journaling, drawing, or guided imagery.

Each experiment is an invitation; saying no to an experiment can be the experiment. If you are a person that has difficulty saying NO this could be a useful experiment.

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I believe the goals of therapy are varied and specific to each individual seeking therapy. This is a conversation that warrants our attention throughout our time working together. I do, however, hold some general therapeutic goals for those who work with me. One such goal is to increase your “emotional response repertoire” which creates options of response both within oneself and in relationship. Being curious about your feeling reactions, their origins, the belief systems that support them and the function they serve, supports insightful awareness and choiceful action. This expands your relational, emotional and physical “range of motion,” thereby increasing your confidence and ability to support yourself in the world.

Learning how to befriend all aspects of your self is a goal I value. We all need support to effectively love every aspect of ourselves.

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