I’m interested in the inner dialogue that’s going on within us. If you listen closely, you can hear the stories we are always telling ourselves about who we are. These are powerful stories that shape the way we view ourselves and others. Psychotherapy has the potential to create a space where we can hear these stories more clearly. And when that happens, we become better acquainted with the villains and heroes of our tales.
Hearing ourselves tell these stories, sometimes for the first time, in the presence of another person, can free up parts of ourselves that might have been shut down for a very long time. When we are heard and understood, in the safety of a therapeutic setting, painful emotions can finally be released, giving way to new potentialities within us that we did not think were possible.
Therapy gives you the opportunity to reconnect with yourself. This is one of the most fundamental needs we have: to be able to make contact with ourselves. Maybe your upbringing taught you to hide or reject aspects of yourself, or maybe due to a traumatic event, you had to protect yourself by keeping out certain painful emotions. There are so many ways we become disconnected from our feelings, which are the building blocks of who we are. Through therapy, you can reclaim these disavowed feelings, and reconnect with aspects of yourself that have not been integrated. This is how we can feel alive again.