“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”
– Alex Haley
My treatment approach is psychodynamic and research-based and reaches beyond symptom relief (often the sole focus of cognitive-behavioral treatments) by enhancing client’s self-awareness. Most people are aware of their own self-defeating patterns but feel unable to escape them. Therapy helps clients to connect with painful, entrenched emotions that have stopped them from changing these patterns. At that point, real change becomes possible.
While popular culture frequently trivializes the therapeutic process, there is a method to all this navel-gazing madness! A good therapist encourages clients to verbalize their inner truth more honestly than they probably ever have. Clients get to speak the unspeakable. Only when we expose painful, threatening or contradictory feelings and are being heard (not judged), can healing begin.
Identifying and addressing lifelong relationship patterns often comes as a surprise to people who seek therapy to talk about their “depression,” “anxiety” or “gambling addiction” and find that their therapist keeps focusing on their life and relationships.
The truth is that psychological ailments don’t develop in a vacuum. Human beings are social animals who need nurture, protection, comfort and acceptance. In other words, we all need to love and be loved. When a person’s ability to love is compromised, psychological problems arise.
LA Family Therapy helps clients to develop a better understanding of themselves and their needs and assists with diminishing lifelong self-defeating patterns. This improves and enriches clients’ lives long after treatment has ended.
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To learn more, contact me to set up a free 15-minute consultation.