Individuals seek a Santa Barbara therapist for many different reasons. Often they are in distress, experiencing a crisis, or devoid of feeling altogether. Some just want to learn more about themselves and improve their well being, while other individuals find themselves sitting with a therapist at the urging of a loved one. The reasons may be the same or they may be different, but the constant that any therapist can expect is that each individual brings with them their own unique personalities and life circumstances. This is important to remember because not every therapist is right for every client.
As a Santa Barbara therapist, I am one of many other therapists in this community. The fact that there are a number of Santa Barbara therapists to choose from is advantageous to individuals looking to enter therapy, as you may not connect with the first or even second therapist that you encounter. For this reason, I make a concerted effort to provide appropriate information about myself and the type of therapy that I practice. My hope is to let you know in advance, what you can expect from me and what I may expect from you.
My orientation, as a Santa Barbara therapist is psychodynamic and therefore works on addressing the underlying, often unconscious, issues that are manifesting as symptoms or problematic behavior. Specifically, I utilize an object relations approach to therapy, which helps clients gain insight into their internal world, their patterns of relating and attaching, and their use of psychological defense mechanisms. This type of therapy rests on the principles that our personalities are the result of many different developmental stages. What happens when we are infants, children, adolescents, and young adults shapes the way we see the world, the kind of relationships that we have, the way we feel about ourselves in relations to others, and the needs we seek to have fulfilled.
Through the process of therapy, you will be encouraged to get in touch with the past in order to re-examine and process the formative and sometimes painful experiences unique to you. As treatment unfolds and progresses, you will have a greater understanding and awareness of your internal world, your unconscious motivations, and your choice in relationships. As rigid and maladaptive schemas are abandoned, you will experience more fulfillment and freedom in important areas.