Specialized in family-systems, body/somatic, individual, group, and couples therapy, trauma, attachment, identity
Founded in the 70s by psychiatrist John C. Pierrakos and rooted in the work of psychoanalyst William Reich, this somatic approach focuses on the direct relationships between body and mind. It integrates the use of the body, energy, and spirituality in the therapy process. Unlike other approaches, core energetics relies not just on talk and consciousness gaining, but also on its focus on the body, through breathing, tuning, movement, sound, and contact. the process is highly experiential and dynamic. The ultimate goal is to help you identify defenses, which create energetic and physical blocks in the body, and connect to your inner power so you can live a more authentic, empowered, and fulfilling life.
Based on the belief that difficulties always stem from the relationships we have within the systems we are part of, including the primary system of the family, but also the system of work/school, our community, our culture, society as a whole, etc. The therapeutic work may or may not include family members or partners in the session, but it always attends to those systems, to the role the person plays in each of them, and how it relates to the challenges at hand.
The widely empirically validated approaches I was trained on, which also inform my practice, include: cognitive-behavioral (which works with the beliefs and perceptions that shape our experience), emotion-focused therapy (which centers around recognizing and processing emotions) and psychodynamic (which focuses on the subconscious and uses the therapeutic relationship as a tool)
Session frequency and content adapt to the needs and goals of each individual. The therapeutic process is an ongoing co-creation based on the notion that you are the utmost expert in your life and that I bring my experience and knowledge to hep you gain more awareness of your difficulties and support you in achieving the changes you want in your life. Throughout our sessions, we will talk, we will breathe, we will feel emotions, we will move, we will connect, and we will undoubtedly grow.
My training in family and couples therapy allows me to create a safe space in which people can feel the trust to explore their feelings openly and with respect. In families, the person identified as "the patient" is often only a reflection of a deeper issue in the family system. The bases of my work with couples include: we all need and deserve love and respect; challenges in the couple are always a co-creation and reflection of the two partners, we each are responsible for our feelings and needs; it is up to us to chose how to express them; our partner is a mirror and life teacher.
Group therapy offers opportunities for exploration, connection, and therapeutic work that are unique to this format. It can be a valuable complement to individual therapy or valuable on its own. It is also a recommended therapy format for certain difficulties, including: addictions, interpersonal difficulties, etc. On the one hand, in the context of a group one may develop a sense of community and belonging, cohesion and unity, which can help explore and process difficult experiences with a unique level of support and containment. On the other hand, groups generate relational dynamics that parallel those we experience in our daily life, such as those in our family, allowing us to explore them, question them, and reprogram them in an ideal therapeutic context.