"Individuals often grow up feeling ashamed of their emotions. As a result, adults tend to avoid painful emotions and end up feeling depressed and anxious. I offer clients a safe place to "hold" their emotions."
[C. COMFORT SHIELDS]
Psychodynamic therapy is a highly effective approach that stems from the work of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. My approach is a modern form of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. It is relational. It focuses on allowing patients to increase awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships—and vice versa—both from childhood and in the present. Dreams and fantasies are also an important part of psychodynamic therapy, making the psychodynamic approach uniquely focused on all three aspects of time—past, present, and future. From a psychodynamic intersubjective perspective, personalities develop within the context of relationships with others, including the therapeutic relationship between a therapist and client.