The core tenant of Psychoanalytic Theory is that our choices are not entirely our own. In our unconscious there lie habits, urges, desires, fantasies and fears that dictate our reality. This unconscious material heavily influences our decision making and, if unexamined, can control our lives. I act as a guide as my clients explore the deep and sometimes frightening reaches of their unconsciousness minds. Together, we aim to bring the unblinking eye of awareness and compassion to the long forgotten and ignored places of the mind.
Psychotherapy can be useful in all stages of life but it is perhaps the most effective during times of transition or heavy stress. It is a common misconception that one has to be "crazy" to sign up for analysis. The analytic process is an investment in one's own mental health and is a critical tool for bringing about more freedom, choice, and happiness. The overarching goal is help you to master your unconscious and to cultivate meaning and purpose in your life.
This is my primary form of treatment. In Modern Psychoanalysis my clients are encouraged to free associate, say whatever comes into their minds, without censoring. This process allows them to truly express themselves and to explore their unconscious minds. I employ a playful style that makes this process fun and encouraging.
Eye Movement Desenization and Reprocessing Therapy is the current leading method for working through trauma. EMDR works by resequencing the brain's fight-or-flight response. EMDR is proven to be highly effective for individuals suffering from PTSD, rumination, or nightmares. It has also been adapted to work with addictive urges.