How we work together

My healing begins from a place of connection and an appreciation of your potential and the power we have to impact each other. The depth work we do is collaborative, exploratory and loosely structured, as we are guided by whatever is emerging for the client in the moment. There are several deeply rooted philosophical beliefs that guide my therapeutic relationships and process. These ethics and philosophies are central to my identity and shape me both as a person and as a psychotherapist:

Feminism

We will work towards developing a critical consciousness of the structures, systems and cultural values that you - the client - endure, identifying the ways you can re-gain power, agency and dignity in spite of the disempowerment you may experience in our society. I challenge the idea that sensitivity, perceptual openness and vulnerability represent weakness. My work is strength based, by tapping into your wisdom and developing the strengths and tools you have, we can create opportunities for you to reach your potential. This is a journey of becoming your best self.

“Knowing your power is what creates humility. Not knowing your power is what creates insecurity.” Nayyirah Waheed

Relational Pyschodynamic theory

We are by nature relational beings, and I honor the collaborative and mutually affecting power of the therapeutic relationship. I am continually sensitive to the interplay of subjectivities between myself and my clients, and the immersive and vulnerable nature of this work. Together we will begin a rich and thoughtful exploration of your past and present relationships and experiences. Through experiencing a different kind of relationship in therapy, you can begin to develop new understandings of old patterns and truths, and begin to relate differently to your-self and others. If you are ready to bring your full self to this work, change is possible.

Existentialism

In the context of our relationship we can uncover and make new meanings out of your experiences – both dark and light. The human experience is shaped by joy and connection as well as pain, loss and anxiety. These are embedded in all of our lives, so you do not have to be alone in navigating them. I am invested in helping you find a satisfying balance between acceptance of what is existentially given, and asserting your agency in the world to bring about satsifying change. Healing can be found in spaces and relationships that allow room for both possibilities.

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Anais Nin

Mindfulness

In addition to the depth work we do, I help clients establish or strengthen a mindfulness practice that can be utilized outside of our sessions. The practice of mindfulness can offer bodily relaxation and a sense of peacefulness, and has been shown in studies to have enduring effects on the brain structures associated with stress response, emotion regulation, learning and memory.

It is through our bodies that we sense others and our environment, the body is a source of power and knowledge. Through sensing, intuition and attunement, we can move deeper in to understanding who you are and what you need. In our therapeutic work, we will develop strategies to help you manage your perceptual sensitivity and overwhelming emotions; and through cultivating an attitude of self-compassion you will come to see your sensitivity from a new perspective.

When you learn something new about yourself and wonder what else you have been hiding Yrsa Daley-Ward