DAN'S PHILOSOPHY ABOUT HOW PSYCHOTHERAPY HELPS
My approach to psychotherapy comes from a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy. What you will realize in spending time with me is that I am an authentic, nonjudgmental person who's primary goal is to listen and understand your unique situation. After I understand your experience I will offer tools to help you live with safety, happiness, health, strength, and ease.
The conditions for awakening to your true meaning in life do not matter, what does matter is your willingness to wake up to what's actually happening in your felt experience.
I have been practicing mindfulness and attending retreats for over 10 years. I work with people who suffer from many mental health conditions from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, emotion regulation, trauma, and more. There is so much to discover about this world and this life. My goal as a therapist is to help you wake up to the world to bring back your child like curiosity, to help life happen through you rather than have life happen to you. I help people recognize feelings they may not have recognized on their own and I do this in a way that is both gentle and compassionate. As Carl Rogers said, "the curious paradox is that when I accept myself, then I am able to change" and so much of what I do as a therapist is accept you just as you are with warmth and compassion. From here comes a choice to continue your old patterns of being in this world OR experimenting a new way of being in the world from conscious intention.
Much of our lives are so caught up in distractions. Whether its work, family, television, or friends it can all feel overwhelming if we do not have a sanctuary or practice from which to find inner peace. Peace is absolutely possible and happiness is absolutely possible. My role as your psychotherapist is to help you connect with the peace that already exists within.
Many people do not know what success in psychotherapy means. Psychotherapy is hard work, but it is worth it. I can say this from personal experience and from clients who have reported this to me.