IPNB is the study of how the human mind is formed in relationships. According to IPNB, relationships (including ones with a therapist) have the power to effect change on a biological level by changing how our brain cells connect to one another. This is why I believe that creating a safe and supportive relationship is the best avenue for change.
In my graduate studies, I chose to focus on attachment theory because of its widespread validity across different cultures and its usefulness to both explain human suffering and provide a path for healing. I continue to read up on new developments and receive supervision from an expert in the field.
An essential part of the teen years is exploring identity. Teens are in the process of becoming adults and trying to figure out who they are independent from their parents. This can be a scary time for both teens and their parents as teens try to figure out (often through trial and error), what kind of person they want to be. Therapy is a place that teens can explore aspects of their identity without the worry of disappointing their parents or being judged by their peers.
It’s normal to feel sad from time to time. Depression is a chronic state lasting 2 weeks or longer that some describe as sad but has also been describe as feeling “numb” or even anxious. When we try to avoid painful feelings long enough, we can often end up with a feeling of depression that may not feel tied to any one thing in particular. Therapy can help you explore the sources of your depression and find healing.
Do you struggle to make and maintain satisfying relationships? Do you feel like, despite your best efforts, you end up pushing people away? Do you have a difficult time trusting others? Do you wish you were closer to people? These questions all relate to issues of attachment. Each person develops a style of relating to others based on their early attachment relationships with their caregivers. Therapy can help you explore your own style and try on new ways of relating.