The “talking cure” or traditional psychotherapy discounts the body. Psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, and cognitive therapy, all emphasize listening to a client’s use of language and emotional tone. The client’s associations, fantasies, and signs of psychic conflict, distress and coping strategies are examined. Most psychotherapists track the various narrative threads that reveal how a client’s childhood emotional themes are being repeated in the present. They also are good at cultivating an emotional alliance with the client. Today many therapists consider a client’s physical symptoms such as, mannerisms, changes in weight, choice of clothes, the slouching posture of a depressed client and the agitated gestures of an anxious client.
I build on the theoretical mental health principles, and treatment approaches of traditional psychotherapy, but I also integrate body psychotherapy traditions. I draw from forms of body-oriented psychotherapy called Integrative Body Psychotherapy (Jack Rosenberg, Ph.D. and Marjorie Rand, Ph.D.), Hakomi therapy (Ron Kurtz, Ph.D.), and the trauma practices of Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine, PhD.). I incorporate theory and technique from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuroscience, and the theories of attachment and dissociation. Because Eastern philosophy and practices are a rich source of body oriented healing practices, I also draw upon Yoga Therapy and Tantra Yoga as a resource for my therapeutic skills. The body-oriented synthesis of these diverse approaches increases the depth and efficacy of my clinical work.
Another key component to my counseling practice includes the importance of the significant relationships we have in our life. Life is a series of relationships. A powerful way each of us is shaped and re-shaped as humans is via the people we love and who love us back. Our personal relationships are a meaningful way for growing–up emotionally. Intimacy is a profound teacher. However, finding the balance between individual integrity and relational needs is often difficult. It requires an understanding of intimate contact and personal autonomy that supports each partner to grow to his/her full potential and enhances intimacy and communication. In Sex Therapy and Counseling with me, I will guide you in how to get past such obstacles, and to achieve intimate relationships that are genuinely fulfilling, by employing techniques that make full use of your body, mind, and emotions.
My body-oriented interventions, including observational skills, theories, and interventions, are not usually practiced in traditional psychotherapy. Some of the body-oriented interventions I employ are common ones, and are used by many somatic (body) psychotherapists. Yet I have developed a unique theory of somatic psychology that guides the use of these methods. I focus on body sensation, movement, breath, and touch when appropriate. You can read more about my approach to psychotherapy in the various links found on this web site. If you are still curious, you can set up a free introductory interview, and I would be happy to explain the nature of my approach to mental and emotional health.