In psychodynamic therapy, early relationships have a profound impact on how we relate to others and ourselves. Until the destructive patterns of the past are discerningly remembered and emotionally re-experienced to be put into a new perspective, patients will continue to repeat such patterns. As they are recognized, patients can understand the ways in which they avoid distress and utilize defense mechanisms to cope. The therapeutic process is about learning to engage with the truth about who we are and developing a deeper understanding about our flaws, vulnerabilities, and conflicts. The main focus of therapy is to express feelings while also learning to tolerate a wider range of emotions. Ultimately, this helps increase self-esteem and confidence.
Using motivational interviewing, I meet you where you are at in your understanding of your drinking to create a plan together. It is not about me making decisions for you - getting better is a collaborative effort , and unless you're ready to commit things won't change.
Being an immigrant myself, I have some understanding of the process. However, it is important to understand a person not just based on their ethnicity or race, but from all of their reference groups (race, ethnicity, social class, religion, and gender). I believe that a person's combination of reference groups is what combines together to create their identity. It goes without saying that no two people are alike. My goal is to help clients better understand themselves in the context of their environment.
Depression affects different people in different ways. Oftentimes, the lack of motivation and sense of hopelessness can lead to significant changes in daily functioning. The goal is to help you get back on your feet in ways that don't feel forced, and to have space to talk freely about the struggles you encounter along the way