Psychotherapy

 

In most cases, I view psychotherapy as the primary tool, and medication as an adjunct.  Though medications can be valuable, they are frequently overrated when compared to quality therapy.  

 

My main approach to therapy incorporates Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, which I find to be well-suited to most of my clients.  IFS is a systematic, non-judgemental and non-pathologizing method of psychotherapy designed to focus specifically on how different parts of your mind (subpersonalities, or neuronal networks) interact with one another, with you as a whole and with your environment.  It provides specific methods to gain access to parts of your mind that are frequently hidden from your access, and to interact with them in such a way that enables them to release harmful beliefs and heal emotional bruises that we all acquire throughout life. Healthy integration of your various life experiences and components of your personality enables for better coordination with the whole, better functioning and wellbeing.  

 

I find this method of therapy to be very compatible with eastern philosophy, and therefore well suited for meditation/yoga practitioners, as well as others who strive for lasting transformation and are amenable to deep, internal, emotional work.  I also find it to be compatible with the other conventional forms of psychotherapy from which I draw heavily (CBT, psychodynamic, hypnotherapy, positive psychology), and my understanding of neurobiology and psychopharmacology.