PinguinehorizontalLife in our culture often requires us to split ourselves into parts, which become disconnected to the whole of who we are. These parts struggle with how to regain harmony and a cooperative relationship within the person. It is unhealthy when we feel fractured, where the various parts of us (body, mind and spirit) cannot operate in harmony and balance.

The goal of the model of psychotherapy I use, which is body centered and integrative, is to help remove blockages from a person’s life so that they may feel more “whole.” This begins with creating a safe, supportive environment in which a person can gently be guided toward letting go of unwanted self-destructive behaviors.

These behaviors may include eating unconsciously and compulsively; entering into and staying in unfulfilling and destructive relationships; believing that we are unworthy and operating from that belief; overusing drugs or alcohol; being unable to process and let go of anger, fear, rage, guilt, shame or other emotions; becoming stuck in depression and apathy towards our own lives; poor management of stress and its effects on the body, mind and spirit; inability to act in a deeply compassionate way toward ourselves and our wounds; and poor decision making and loss of our internal guidance system or “compass.”

Psychotherapy is an invitation to engage with our disconnected and often polarized parts in an attempt to relieve them of their stresses and burdens. In doing so we offer each individual a pathway toward leading a life where a sense of unity and balance exists. People who have gone through this process often describe how much “lighter” they feel and how much less anxiety they experience. They also describe having a sense of going through their days with a sense of worth and are able to accomplish the things they set their mind onto. They talk about being able to meet life’s challenges in a way characterized with resilience, compassion and equanimity.

Feeling good about ourselves, our bodies and our minds is not something reserved for the “other” person. It is our birthright, and by engaging in this self-directed, compassionate exploration of our disconnected parts you can experience the realization of emotional, physical and spiritual harmony as well.

I welcome all of your parts on this journey of self-exploration!