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Therapists are trained to work in several modalities and are not limited to one over the other. However most therapists have one modality where they possess more education and experience, such as the depth approach. In my work, other complementary modalities to Depth Psychology are Self-Psychology and Object Relations.
Largely grounded in the works of Carl Gustav Jung, depth psychology has its roots in modern psychology. Jung believed that the purpose of therapy was for the “true self” to emerge and move toward “individuation.” Simply stated, I believe this to mean that therapy is an exploration, distillation and clarification of everything unique that is you, or your “self.”
Although we enter into the therapeutic relationship with the premise of trust, it really does take several visits before the trust is experienced in a nonverbal way. A colleague of mine once told me a story about a friend who is a kindergarten teacher. When talking about working with such young minds she exclaimed, “Well … It takes the first couple of weeks for them to figure out that I’m not going to eat them!” Therapy is often like that in the beginning.
My training is rooted in slowing down a process so that we can look at your experiences from all sides.
I have found that consistent weekly visits for a period of two months is necessary to ground the therapeutic relationship and for the first feelings of transformation to emerge.
Depth therapy will look at the relationship of your “self” to your experiences and look at problems as a symptom of something deeper.
Whether it be a thought or perception, dream, belief, value or current relationship that brings you to therapy, we'll look for what messages are coming to you from within. Tapping into your own creativity, we can use myth and metaphor, poetry, dreams, literature and art to explore your relationship to the problem.
"Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it."
-Ursula K. Le Guin
I want to hear your words and how your words shape the story of your life.
Virgina Woolfe said, “Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern… the whole world is a work of art… there is no Shakespeare… no Beethoven… no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.”
The words we use to describe our life can define our life. Our words have deep meaning and words are my prescription in the work that I do.
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For most people, the resolution of the issue determines the completion of therapy. However, many clients that I work with are compelled by the process and want to continue working on other, sometimes deeper, and always meaningful aspects of their lives.
In the end, I want you to have resolution and coping strategies for the future.