See and hear things differently through mentalization-based treatment an evidence-based approach to understanding our internal processes.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
In the early stages of our development, we start to establish a conceptualization of the minds of others and how well they can understand our inner world. This capacity to understand the minds of ourselves and others is rooted in our ability to attach with others and build trusting relationships securely. This capacity helps increase emotional regulation, alternative perspective-taking, executive functioning, behavioral modification, and more.
In more modern therapeutic approaches, providers allow themselves to be a part of the therapeutic work, engaging in collaborative conversation and mutual exploration towards personal growth. An integrative treatment methodology removes the perceived "expert" stance in the client-provider dynamic because you expect your own life. We are supports to help facilitate a more explicit understanding. This paradigm shift encourages the evaluation of all relationships and how they impact your life.
Understanding the psychic structures of our minds and the unconscious defenses is an invaluable component to understanding ourselves more explicitly. In a psychodynamic approach, maladaptive processes occur within the unconscious. We can uncover those defenses through active observation and curiosity of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to encourage a healthier engagement with ourselves and others.
As a Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) provider for children (MBT-C) through adults, I focus my work towards understanding the development of our internal state of mind and the connection to others. MBT was developed initially for Borderline Personality Disorder and Anti-Social Personality Disorder, and since has been proven to be more effective than treatment as usual.
Most of my work includes an attachment perspective and the development of our attachment styles to understand the re-emergence of relational patterns in our current life. I utilize a combination of evidenced-based treatment modalities to create a robust understanding of the interpersonal system. Attachment work can include individual, couples, family, or group work.
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I understand the unique challenges associated with our community. I have dedicated part of my private group practice to helping those who interact with our community. I have written articles on the unique challenges in traditional modalities, spoken about LGBTQIA+ issues at various organizations, and supervised others to increase cultural competencies.