What is Psychotherapy?

What is Marriage and Family Therapy? What is Depth Psychotherapy?

My soul has grown deep, like a river.

–Langston Hughes

Forest river landscape with clouds reflection in the water.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is individual and family treatment for improving mental and emotional health. Its aim is to gain an understanding of human desires, vulnerabilities, and capacities in the face of life as it is, and to use that knowledge to help clients overcome symptoms and barriers to well being. Through a relationship in psychotherapy, clients gain perspectives and methods for resolving emotional pain and problems. Whether you are suffering from loss or trauma in your past or present, or even if you don’t know the cause of painful symptoms, a professional therapist can support you in resolving complex issues and opening to a deeper sense of well being and personal empowerment.

What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

A Marriage and Family Therapist is a psychotherapist who focuses on relationship. Most of our trauma is interpersonal. As such, it affects our relationships especially. A Marriage and Family Therapist sees symptoms as shared and a couple or family as a self-regulating system. As we resolve relational trauma, we uncover a greater capacity to be in relationship as ourselves instead of as ongoing reactivity to formative trauma and loss.

What is Depth Psychotherapy?

Depth Psychotherapy looks at the relationship between conscious and unconscious dynamics. It includes seeing through thoughts and images, dreams and symptoms to the broader narrative of a person’s life and the deeper narrative of the collective psyche.  The therapist regards the client’s symptoms, experiences, and desire for change as connected with psychic patterns and complexes that are personal and impersonal. The psyche’s archetypal patterns of reaction to trauma and loss may be transformed in the life of the individual as part of a broad psychic movement toward healing and transformation.