Philosophy

Gang-gang-in-winterI believe that the essence of our human nature is creative.  We seek expressivity in all aspects of our being, including difficult and/or traumatizing situations. We creatively adapt to life’s challenges and find creative strategies to survive its traumas.  However, these adaptations also effect our thoughts, beliefs, feelings and actions, and can be reflected in psychological and physical symptoms.  I believe these symptoms are NOT weaknesses or faults, but creative tactics for effective survival.

I approach my psychotherapeutic work by respecting the Self’s longing for more than solely survival, but to experience well-being. In the pursuit of well-being, rather than pathologizing a person’s attempts to adapt to their environment, I focus on my client’s creative impulses and collaborate with them to find constructive and relationally viable expression.

I believe emotions and feelings must hold equal status with thoughts and actions. Current neuropsychological research supports this belief.  Feelings form the core of who we are and the motivations we employ.

Connection to our feelings is not always easy.  I believe that an alliance of body and mind in the psychotherapeutic process is essential to accessing feelings. In this regard I use an empathically attuned approach supplemented as needed by mindfulness and body awareness (somatic) techniques.