Attachment theory guides my work. I believe your primary attachments with your parent(s)/caregivers and siblings in your childhood taught you how to relate and be in relationship. This is great if you have a healthy family, but can be problematic if you feel your experience in past relationships has been unhealthy or not ideal in some way. Attachment injuries can limit depth, closeness, and intimacy in your life. However, attachment history can be healed. You can learn how to relate in a new and different way in your adult life that works better for you, your partner(s), friends, and family.
I use emotion-focused techniques in therapy sessions. This is an evidence-based, effective treatment for feelings of depression and anxiety. These techniques help clients who struggle with affective and personality disorders as well as trauma. Emotion-focused sessions with me include discussing feelings in a complete way or emotion-coaching. We live in a society that teaches us to think and behave in certain ways, but feeling deeply is neglected. So as we navigate our lives, we sometimes lack the skills to sit with intense feelings. This can result in numbing, drinking, overeating our feelings to stuff them down. Over time this tends to create a life that we experience as empty and devoid of joy, and can lead to anxiety and depression. My sessions will take you through the process of sitting with feelings, letting them inform you so you can be at peace, and using them to guide you toward satisfaction and new experiences of meaning-making.
I use, among other techniques, bodywork, visualizations, open-ended questions, and the observation of patterns and tendencies. I also use solution-focused techniques, which involve us exploring your strengths and applying co-created solutions to your life and relationships. We discuss healthy communication, family dynamics and related skills in a unique way, tailored to you and the people you interact with. I work in a manner aligned with your goals. This results in an interactive therapy process in which you can trust me to offer expertise and teach you new skills.
I also use emotional exploration, visualizations, Gestalt, Sandplay and other creative/therapeutic techniques in session when deemed appropriate. I occasionally use thought records and other exercises from the Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy approach. Sandplay is a wonderful technique that taps into your unconscious to access deep emotions and experiences that can then be healed in a gentle way (but must be completed in person).