Approach to Psychotherapy

Holistic Approach to Psychotherapy

Healing is a Process

In holistic approach to psychotherapy healing is regarded as a process of exploration, observation and integration, in relationship with oneself and trusted other(s). Rather than viewing symptoms or suffering as something to be “fixed”, I view symptoms as the creative expression of the unconscious calling us inward. On this path, we walk together, through known and unknown terrain, re-collecting what has been lost or forgotten.

The Path is not Linear

This process is not linear, but rather a spiral, where we stop and begin again at different points in time and perspective. My approach is holistic and eclectic. Shaped by social justice ideologies, rooted in somatic and depth psychotherapies, and influenced by various wisdom traditions, I aim to explore the entire constellation of your life journey. The map of our path together will be guided by both the shape of your suffering and the direction of your goals.

The Process is Experiential

Experiences allow the brain to adapt and re-wire, and provide the spirit with nourishment that has been missing. A typical therapy session involves talk, in addition to somatic and / or creative exercises. Experiential (somatic and creative) exercises allow us to drop below the conscious mind (default-mode network), and access the deeper parts of ourselves to weave real, lasting change. These exercises, which are tailored to your preferences and needs, are always offered as options and not requirements.

Leave the familiar for a while. Let your senses and bodies stretch out like a welcomed season onto the meadows and shores and hills.

~ Hafiz

Therapeutic orientations I use in my holistic approach to psychotherapy:

SOMATIC

Somatic therapy offers a holistic approach to healing that honors the interconnectedness of mind and body. By integrating embodiment practices and neuroscience with traditional therapeutic techniques, somatic therapy can help you cultivate greater self-awareness, resilience, and empowerment on your healing journey.

Sessions may incorporate mindfulness, breath work, exploration of body sensations and emotions, movement, touch, and awareness around non-verbal communication. Somatic therapy is particularly effective for symptoms related to trauma and interpersonal challenges.

DEPTH

Depth therapy explores the subtle, unconscious, and transpersonal aspects of human experience. Depth psychotherapy utilizes various therapeutic traditions to explore the unconscious. This approach may incorporate dream work, exploration of imaginative processes, symbolism and shadow work. Depth psychotherapy is particularly helpful in serving one’s creative process, development of personal narrative and overcoming personal and interpersonal blocks.

RELATIONAL

Relational therapy is a collaboration between therapist and client, in service of the therapeutic process. This includes the therapist being honest about their own feelings, reactions, and limitations, and fostering an atmosphere of trust and openness within the therapeutic relationship.

Relational therapy provides a safe space for clients to explore and process past relationship wounds, such as attachment injuries, betrayals, or conflicts. Through the therapeutic relationship, clients have the opportunity to experience corrective emotional experiences and repair relational ruptures, fostering healing and growth.