I use a psychosocial-spiritual therapeutic approach. I define spiritual as the core or essence of one's true self. Each of us is the expert on ourselves and deep within we know who we really are. Accessing this true self is the goal, and frequently the client will be unaware of this information at the time they seek out therapy. This self-knowledge may become camouflaged to us as a result of what we needed to do in our developmental years to cope with our world's struggles. Consequently, we may have inadvertently created a network of "cobwebs" that can entirely engulf and mask our true selves. These cobwebs may manifest as a variety of symptoms. It is usually when these symptoms become unbearable that a client seeks out therapy. Throughout the therapeutic process I encourage the client to become more mindful of themself.
In a cooperative effort with my client, I proceed to gently remove these "cobwebs" from the client's inner self to discover one's true form. In some cases this involves helping the client unweave or replace the old tapestry they wove for themself and reweave a new tapestry that is more reflective of and congruent with their true self.
The old tapestry may have served the client well during the developmental stage of their life when they had to cope with difficult situations. However, as they grow and mature and are in a different environment, the tapestry is no longer serving them in a productive manner and may, in fact, be working against them. Therefore, it becomes time to put the old tapestry respectfully aside on a shelf and to weave a new one that is more compatible with the client's true self.
This process sounds simple, but it is actually quite complicated and requires a lot of courage and determination from the client. To me, the process parallels helping to free a butterfly from its cocoon that has long out served its purpose, and then watching it fly away unencumbered.
I consider it a true honor when a client calls upon my services to assist them on their journey.
Philosophy of Treatment
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