CREATIVE DEPTH PSYCHOTHERAPY

Psychotherapy

As a depth-oriented therapist, I feel that my job is to help my patients explore their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and life patterns, and to discover connections to the deeper self.  Dreams, daydreams, and fantasies can provide important pathways to insight and healing.  Stressors and symptoms are addressed with respect for the purpose they may serve in helping to create a feeling of balance in life.  I strive to create a dynamic, interpersonal space in the therapy room where exploration can flourish, and patients can find themselves feeling more trusting, autonomous, and confident in the world and in themselves.

The most important component of successful psychotherapy is the therapeutic relationship.  When we work together in psychotherapy, we also work to create a strong feeling of connection and relatedness, feeling out the contours of what it means to sit with each patient’s deeply personal inner material.  Understanding what happens in the therapeutic relationship can help to provide new perspectives on relationships that happen outside of the therapy room.  A strong therapeutic relationship is also a reason why therapy can feel so meaningful and soul-feeding.

In the journey of self-discovery, sometimes words are not enough. Many psychotherapists of all types are reaching out to discover more creative ways of conducting therapy, to engage the body and soul in addition to the mind. As a creative arts therapist, I try to utilize a flowing, collaborative style that engages the whole self.  Many individuals who choose to pursue treatment with me do so because they are seeking a therapist who has a special expertise in listening — with the sensitivity of a musician — and an eye towards the value of creativity and openness in the consultation room. 

For those who choose to engage this aspect of my expertise, music can be used in a variety of healthful and deeply therapeutic ways. Music combined with imagery experiences can help to create a calm place where difficult emotions can be coped with. Improvising with instruments or the voice– even if you have no musical experience– can provide a unique expressive opportunity. Even the familiar music that is part of daily life– favorite songs, or other tunes that might be running through your mind– can be powerful tools for therapy. Music interventions are personalized to each client and created collaboratively within each session.

 

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