Individual Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a process that aims to resolve long standing issues that interfere with our ability to form satisfying relationships, realize our goals and fully experience the pleasures and joys of life.

Individual psychotherapy is particularly effective with chronically low self-confidence and self-esteem, blocked creativity, shame or guilt, depression and anxiety, a feeling of being stuck in an unhappy place, and a tendency to experience the same problems repeatedly, particularly in relationships.

People with a history of trauma, and people who are experiencing a post-traumatic stress reaction as a result of a recent event, will benefit from trauma psychotherapy, a specialized sub-field of psychotherapy.

How Psychotherapy Works

Our sense of self, others, the world, and how they relate to one another is formed early in our childhood, in the specific context of relationships with our family, and in interaction with societal and genetic factors.

Psychotherapy is based on the idea that long-term, recurring problems occur when early beliefs clash with current reality. Therefore identifying those beliefs and contradictions, and the emotions tied to them, can open the door to life-altering change.

The Goals of Psychotherapy

The goals of psychotherapy, therefore, are to:

  • Develop an understanding of the way in which the sense-of-self was developed, and any factors that may have blocked the development of one's potential, or led to unsatisfying patterns of relating to oneself, others or the world
  • Deepen self-awareness and understanding
  • Discover new ways to perceive and approach challenges

Whatever the specific outcome, two of the most important goals of individual psychotherapy are to remove blocks to one's potential, and to acquire tools to be able to deal confidently with future emotional challenges.

My specific approach to psychotherapy is based on Psychodynamic Theory, specifically on Self-Psychology, and blends in knowledge from the fields of Attachment Theory, Trauma Therapy , Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Feminist Theory.

What to Expect from Psychotherapy

Read about the process of psychotherapy

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