Lavanya Shankar, PhD
|Professions: Counselor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist|
I'm a licensed professional.
Licensed Psychologist - 34258
What underlies my work in therapy is the belief that we are always moving towards growth and there is always hope for change. At any point through the lifespan, inward change can occur that naturally ripples out to transform relationships around us. From this lens of hope, which is supported by research in interpersonal neurobiology, I view my role as supporting this growth within the context of a safe relationship in therapy. My approach with clients is compassionate, curious, and open. What I have found can result from a good therapy experience is not only a reduction in painful symptoms, but also an emergence of a deeper sense of self and a fluidity in relationships.
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More Info About My Practice
I work with individuals, couples, and groups. I lead a mixed-gender interpersonal process group that offers a rich format for those interested in developing a healthier sense of self and deepening relationships with others. If you are interested in learning more about these treatment modalities and which might be most suitable, please visit my website or contact me directly.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Many potential therapy clients are perplexed by the idea that talking can help them. How can talking help us feel less depressed or anxious, how can talking change relationships, how can it change the very real experience of loss? Of course, psychotherapy does not change the realities of life. We are still faced with all the same relational and existential difficulties that accompany being alive. But when we change from within, so much around us also has the potential for change. What's more, our capacity to engage life's difficulties expands. We have access to more resources to navigate life's very real challenges.
How can this happen? By talking openly about our inner worlds, including the parts of ourselves that have perhaps become disconnected from our identities. We might have disowned parts of our emotional experience as a result of pain or trauma or shame. What is disowned finds its way out through somatic symptoms and blocks in the flow of creativity and life. When we gently allow those parts of ourselves to be seen with compassion, these fragmented parts have the opportunity for reintegration. Energy aimed at keeping them out of awareness now becomes available to us and we become more whole. The result of this type of work is not simply relief of symptoms, as good as that is. There is also the possibility of a fuller and richer experience of oneself and one's relationships.
Considering all this, in psychotherapy we attempt to create an environment
- Clinical Supervision
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
I have a particular sensitivity toward issues of trauma, difficult life transitions and grief and loss. All of these experiences bring to the surface our trust in relationships, our sense of identity and our sense of meaning in the world. They are commonly times of soul searching and deep pain, but are simultaneously distinct opportunities to expand ourselves and our ability to give and receive love.
- Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
- Attachment Issues
- Codependency / Dependency
- Communication Problems
- Control Issues
- Creative Blocks
- Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
- Family of Origin Issues
- Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
- Identity Issues
- Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
- Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
- Multicultural Concerns
- Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
- Trust Issues
- Existential Psychotherapy
- Interpersonal Neurobiology
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