Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
One of the most perplexing tasks in the journey to psychological development, emotional healing, and relational repair begins with the decision to pursue a course of psychotherapy through a skilled and compassionate therapist. Far too often, my clients will arrive for their first session with stories about how they have tried individual or couple's therapy in the past, often paying too much out of pocket with unjustifiably limited results and a continuing uncertainty about the nature of their internal or relational conflicts.
My experience with clients is that a comprehensive and empathic perspective of these difficulties and their underlying roots in the person's history and personality structure can set the stage for a different set of possibilities in life. Such formulations can perform the vital task of translating a complex constellation of intractable struggles into a path forward while deepening self-knowledge and intersubjective accuracy in significant relationships along the way.
Frequently, such prospective journeys towards greater maturity and wholeness are amenable or even dependent upon a course of psychodynamic and/or trauma informed psychotherapy. Occasionally, other models of psychotherapy or related interventions are appropriate in lieu of or in concert with traditional talk-therapy. I assume that everyone I meet in my office is ready to begin or renew this process in a transformative way, and I invite you to explore this possibility with me.