- robert frost
THERAPY IS PERSONAL
Because therapy is relationship-based work, connecting with the right therapist, who works in a way that resonates with you, is important. Think of a first appointment as a mutual interview. It is a time for you to determine if you feel comfortable with my manner, personality and approach.
My work as a therapist is focused through two lenses which I use individually and sometimes together. My primary theoretical approach is Internal Family Systems (IFS), and I also work through a specialized art-based modality called Expressive Art Therapy (EAT). IFS is the primary way I see human struggle and its resolution, while EAT is just one logistical approach to the work. Clients may choose to see me for traditional "talk therapy", for expressive work, or a combination of both, depending on what is most helpful.
Internal Family Systems theory (IFS), developed 30 years ago by Dr. Richard Schwartz, sees human personality as an internal system of a core 'Self' and numerous sub-personalities, or ‘parts’. That we have multiple parts to our personalities is not considered "disordered"; it is seen as human nature. Wellness stems from Self-leadership which occurs when parts work harmoniously. When parts are operating in disharmony with one another, or the Self, discord and struggle result. IFS principles in therapy help the therapist and client access, communicate with and heal these parts so that the function of the system is in harmony with the separate Self. Learn more about IFS here.
Through Expressive Art Therapy, human thoughts, emotions and experiences can be transformed into a tangible format of artistic expression. In doing so, we are able to shift the emotional weight of our struggles out of an embodied state and into an externalized form we can be apart from, bear witness to, examine and study. Read more about Expressive Art Therapy here.