My Approach to Helping
Psychotherapy is my passion. My Philosophy & approach is based on my personal experiences, my life-long interest in studying the works of the great psychotherapists of the past, their conclusions about identifying psychological problems, and collecting all the data I could that would give me the insights for helping others with resolving their psychological problems to the best of my abilities.
Consequently, I have found that I have the personality and innate skills necessary to help psychologically challenged clients. My focus is primarily based on the fundamental works of Dr. Sigmund Freud (Psychoanalysis), Dr. Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology), Dr. “Fritz: Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Albert Ellis, PhD., (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), and many others. They instilled in me the focus of analyzing the influence of non-conscious memories and beliefs that continue to create logical, emotional, and behavioral problems for the individual seeking relief. The design of my approach is analyzing your "thought behaviors", which is based on "Cognitive Behavior Theory", "Attachment Theory", "Codependency Addiction Therapy", and "Dialectical Behavior Therapy" principles.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is based on the theory that your thoughts and perceptions about who you are, or who you believe "should be", are based on unresolved trauma of some sort; and that those flawed belief patterns are causing your emotional conflicts in your relationships; and your relationship with your identity, and your True Self. Therefore, my focus is on the identity-formation and developmental problems that can be creating your anxieties and fears that appear most often when you interact with other people: spouses, partners, family, friends, parents, relatives, career and employment relationships, etc.
My approach is an educational one: my intention is to teach you the principle that current stresses are based on any unconsciously repressed traumas that are being obscured by your symptoms. The benefit from the help of a psychotherapist like me is that you get to analyze and identify which of those faulty core beliefs are hidden by those repressed feelings or denied memories. In your case, it helps to have someone who knows what to look for as far as psychological patterns that typically reveal those mistaken conclusions you have accepted about yourself. My Psychotherapy begins by hearing how you perceive yourself, and how you describe your symptoms.
I encourage my clients to accept that their dysfunctional thinking habit is a "Disorder", and that it is not an "Illness", unless your problem is a medical one, it is not technically an “Illness”. Your thinking and feeling is better described as "dis-orderly", because it is partially unconscious, so your automatic behaviors don't make sense, thereby interfering with what needs to change. Once you reorganize your mistaken and irrational thought patterns, you will eventually begin to progressively get better on your own. There are only so many conditions in the psychological literature and texts, and yours is probably not unique nor new; so there are answers and solutions. Recovery time from past traumas takes some people longer than others, and depends on how strongly repressed or denied their problems are at the moment. That factor will determine the length of time for their treatment outcome. The first stage of the psychotherapy is analysis, the second is the therapy stage, where you learn Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, or Interpersonal Relationships. The third stage is practicing the skills to change the learned habits. The final stage is mastering the skills sufficiently to not need further therapy. My area of interest is Anxiety (avoiding future painful emotions) and Mood Disorders (avoiding past painful emotions), and how they relate to Personality Disorder Symptoms. Although I work with all types, I do have favorable experiences with helping Introverted Personality Type individuals who may have always experienced feelings of shyness, hypersensitivity to overstimulating environments, and who prefer quiet solitude over crowded socializing; and informing them why there is a very good reason they act and feel as they do naturally.