I am glad that you have decided to take steps toward changing and healing your life and relationships. I work extensively with couples and individuals. My practice is non-traditional in that I believe in shorter-term treatment, longer sessions that are weeks apart, giving homework in between sessions, and encouraging individuals to attend intensive workshops where they learn new behavioral skills and achieve new insights. This kind of treatment accelerates the healing and renewal process. Within months, clients begin to experience relief and hope.
Eventually through the process of therapy, clients realize that being healthy and relational is nothing you have, it is what you “do”. Living life fully and intimately comes from a commitment to a daily practice. This kind of action results in more satisfaction, joy in one’s life, and encourages each individual to incorporate the “practice” of being relational.
What is the practice of being relational? It starts with the Five Core principles for healthy living: loving the self, protecting the self (through use of internal boundaries), creating and knowing the self, taking care of the self by asking for what you need and want interdependently, and containing and moderating the self (Pia Mellody). My treatment with clients incorporates the foundational underpinnings that create healing, growth and renewal.
During my 22-year career, I have had the opportunity to work with great teachers and mentors. The ones who most influence how I work today are: Pia Mellody, RN (5 Core Self Skills and Healing the Wounded Child, Adaptive Child and Growing the Functioning Adult), Terry Real, LICSW (Relational Life Therapy), Brugh Joy, MD (Heart Centering Work), Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D (Mindfulness Practice), Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing) and Francine Shapiro (EMDR).