All therapeutic modalities that I use come from an anti-capitalistic perspective. Capitalism forces us into boxes that interfere with our development as a human being. The way we view ourselves is heavily dictated by our hierarchical society and can cause us to feel shame and guilt for being ourselves! These ingrained beliefs get passed down through our families and unto us.
I use Internal Family Systems for individual therapy, Pragmatic Experiential Therapy for Couples for couples therapy, and Family Systems Therapy for family therapy.
What is Internal Family Systems?
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an approach to psychotherapy that identifies and addresses multiple sub-personalities or families within each person’s mental system. These sub-personalities consist of wounded parts and painful emotions such as anger and shame, and parts that try to control and protect the person from the pain of the wounded parts. The sub-personalities are often in conflict with each other and with one’s core Self, a concept that describes the confident, compassionate, whole person that is at the core of every individual. IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by changing the dynamics that create discord among the sub-personalities and the Self.
What is Pragmatic Experiential Therapy for Couples?
Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C), a form of couples counseling, aims to help intimate partners resolve relationship issues, reduce distress, develop emotional intelligence, and improve physical and emotional connections. This approach uses neurobiology findings and research conducted on intimate relationships to help partners identify areas that may need change and develop methods to foster this change.
What is Family Systems Therapy?
Family systems therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the family as a whole unit. A central tenet of this approach is that a family is an emotional unit and individual behavior must be considered from the context of the family. People are influenced by their family but each person also influences their entire family.