Care of the Soul - Psychotherapy, Consultation and Mentoring
Modalities

Talk therapy
Telling our stories, making sense and finding meaning continues to be the most evolved activity of the soul or psyche. Self-awareness increases when we develop a connection with our unconscious: Our unconscious speaks to us in dreams, fantasies and imagery from within, or through our reactions to events in the world, strong feelings toward certain people, and symptoms and behaviors that are causing us difficulties in our lives. Trauma and loss can impact our ability to make sense of our experience.

Experiences of which we cannot make sense disrupt our emotional wellbeing. Feeling felt, heard and understood by another person, the therapist, without judgment creates a space that allows for healing and growth to occur. Through talk therapy in the context of empathic attunement, emotional wounds can be integrated into the fabric of our self-understanding and identity.    


Art therapy
Creative expression supports the psyche’s innate propensity toward healing. Emotional memories and experiences sometimes lack words. Art therapy allows images and symbols of the psyche to form and be expressed. In the form of scribbles, shapes, drawings, paintings and sculptures, the psyche and its wounds are embodied, allowing them to be shared and understood, and ultimately transformed. The creative expression can be the starting point of a conversation or a healing experience all in itself. Art therapy can be used as a modality for every session or during times of an impasse. Art therapy does not require any artistic abilities.


Dream tending
Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious. There are many theories of how to understand dreams: dreams as expressing unconscious wishes, dreams as compensations for our waking lives, dreams as the world unconscious communicating with us. During my doctoral studies I had the fortune to study with Dr. Aizenstat, PhD, an expert in dream tending. The most important thing to do when working with dreams is to treat them like friends and befriend them. Building a relationship with your dreams whether through writing them down, making visual images of them, dialoguing with them or reporting them to others is the most important way to give them voice and nurture their integration with your waking life.   


Play
Imaginative play with blocks, figures, animals and other toys facilitates a child’s expression of his or her inner world of thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears and conflicts. It allows the child to safely communicate their anger and aggressive impulses. Through imaginative play, Bruno Bettelheim writes, children try to deal with experiences from the past, solve present conflicts, and anticipate future difficulties. At times children also use fantasy play “to bring order into their chaotic inner world.” 

Imaginative play is the primary way for a child to exercise his or her imagination. The ability to imagine is important for the development of interpersonal skills, the capacity to regulate emotions, and dealing with adversity. If a child has experienced trauma or perceives the environment not to be safe, the child becomes clingy, vigilant and unable to focus. Donald Winnicott, renowned child psychiatrist, points out that the ability to be alone with one’s imagination is developed in the presence of an attuned caregiver. In therapy I will help you to be such a presence to your child.