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Counselor in Seattle, WA
Psychodynamic therapy has many roots in psychoanalysis. My education was psychodynamic-focused, meaning I learned from many different theories and approaches to therapy. I pay close attention to what is happening in your conscious world, and listen for what may be going on unconsciously. Psychodynamic therapy is primarily conversational in nature, and doesn't involve homework or tools, though those things may be suggested from time to time.
Relational therapy refers to how I pay attention to what is transpiring in the therapeutic relationship - what am I experiencing, how are you responding to me, how am I responding to you? Relational experiences shape our life experiences.
I am currently a candidate in psychoanalytic training. This is not your typical Freud psychoanalysis. Most people don't lie on the couch, though you're certainly welcome to! Psychoanalysis involves meeting at least 2 or more times a week. Increased frequency helps us get beyond the day to day and go deeper into what is really behind what you're experiencing in life.
My training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis gives me a unique blend of skills to help people go deeper than surface issues or simply fixing a problem.
I have had training and experience working with people who have been in spiritually abusive environments. I define spiritual abuse as being something that took place where faith was used and your self-esteem and beliefs in who you are were very negatively impacted. This could range from sexual orientation to how a specific theology has impacted you.
I have had training and experience working with many forms of trauma, including military veterans, sexual abuse/assault in both childhood and adulthood, domestic violence, and relational trauma.