How does relational psychodynamic psychotherapy work?
A safe exploratory relationship is central to my approach to psychotherapy, allowing you to express thoughts and feelings you have trouble expressing with others, including thoughts and feelings you’ve struggled to allow yourself to fully know.
I will help you to understand how current interpersonal situations and life circumstances act as unconscious reminders of painful and problematic past experiences.
I will pay careful attention to how our own interactions serve as a map for understanding these internal and interpersonal experiences that keep you stuck. And we will utilize the psychotherapy relationship as a catalyst for helping you to create and practice new ways of relating that you can transfer to your life outside of therapy.
I will help you to pay attention to your own train of thought, to your body, and to the images your mind conjures to empower you to know and accept yourself. If we find that attending to your mind in this way is too difficult, I will teach you meditation and mindfulness practices that you can use both in session and in your daily life.
I will help you to access personal qualities and abilities that have been underdeveloped or inhibited by anxiety and maladaptive beliefs about yourself, others, and the world.
I will help you to form a more harmonious relationship between your conscious and unconscious mind so that you can begin to see possibility instead of danger. The goal is to help free you to embrace and find meaning in your internal and interpersonal experiences that you can translate to making lasting life changes.