I work with individuals and couples who need to better understand their feelings and relationships; people who may feel alone, misunderstood, under-valued or somehow stuck. I will listen closely and help articulate your sometimes complex needs and feelings so that you can feel validated and get your needs met. I like the cognitive foundation of paying attention to one’s beliefs and understandings about the world and to the kinds of words we use internally.
I address the 3 areas in the bio-psycho-social model to start a positive cycle, as these domains are inter-dependent. A positive cycle can be started with new behaviors, talk therapy, medicine, or any combination of these:
biology: sleep, diet, hydration, exercise, medicines
psychology: the way we think and feel
environment: relationships, job, home, surroundings
For example, when I exercise I feel better, but I have to feel better in order to have the energy to exercise. Additionally, how we feel, react and think are often rooted in the past. Seeing how early experience is replaying right now may also be key to change. Much of what gets characterized as “pathology” can be viewed as a habit that does not work very well.I like the cognitive foundation of paying attention to beliefs and understandings, along with words choices. Additionally, how we feel, react and think are often rooted in the past. Seeing how early experience is replaying right now may also be key to change. Much of what gets characterized as “pathology” can be viewed as a habit that does not work very well, or as unrewarding ways of coping with difficulties that actually deserve analysis and solution.
Healthy, rewarding relationships are essential. In fact, social connection and support predict increased health – both physically and emotionally. Successful connection at work and in important personal relationships sets up reward and relief. We’re mammals. We need connection. New approaches to engaging others we value or need can bring longed for relief and connection.
I spend part of my time in psychiatric clinical research studying mood disorders and treatment with various therapies or medicines. I do this to continually develop my skills, to stay current working with medical doctors and because of the importance I place on including the biological component of how we feel, think and behave.