"Talk Therapy" - An essential part of psychotherapy is finding the words to express and articulate the "unthought known," as well as encountering parts of yourself that you may never have known existed. This type of therapy works well if you are curious about yourself, are self-reflective, and would like to develop more self-awareness in addition to changing your behavior. It also requires a desire for honesty and truth, which at times will require tolerating vulnerable and painful feelings.
Dreamwork, Imagery and Sandtray: Sometimes thought and words alone are not sufficient in therapy to express what is being felt or experienced. It's important to listen to and relate to your inner world in the multiple ways it expresses itself:
Dreams: Through dreams, the unconscious mind is always sending information about what you are feeling or avoiding feeling, about disowned parts of yourself, or about its "take" on what is going on in your life at this time. I do not analyze your dreams, but work collaboratively with you to inhabit the dream, feeling into it to understand its often disguised messages. If you do not currently remember your dreams, bringing your intent and attention to them will help you remember them.
Sandtray: This is like a "waking dream;" Choosing those figures that call to you from hundreds in my collection, you make a "dreamscape" with them in a small sandbox. The feelings and thoughts evoked by this powerful representation of your inner world are often meaningful and profound.
Imagery: As you share your thoughts, feelings and experiences in therapy, potent images will often arise that have great emotional significance for you. During therapy, we will work with and engage with these images as a way of relating to your inner world, facilitating understanding and change.