As Depth and Somatic Psychotherapist, I am trained in noticing, understanding and tracking the trauma that is present when working with individuals, couples and families. My goal for each individual of the each unique family is to help them find new ways to develop their strengths and inner resources to heal naturally.
When working with children and families, having the skills of relating and connecting with all of them in a deep and authentic way is very important. Parallel to this, in order to explore troubling emotions, a nurturing and safe space is much needed for every person to be met unconditionally.
Children tend to absorb and feel everything that is going on in their family, including the dynamics occurring between the parents or other family members, school and in their environment. Often, being hard to tolerate by parents or caregivers, children tend to express their emotions in a way that can be unexpected or feel frustrating.
Parents sometimes may find themselves treating their children in similar ways of how they were treated by their own caregivers, not knowing what to do to ameliorate the traumatic dynamic that is unfolding. Often, they can become trapped in unwanted dynamics of punishment, guilt, and shame.
When working withCHILDREN, I meet with them in an emphatic, open and responsive manner, using their own particular language and meeting them where they are. Through Play Therapy, I honor and respect the child’s unique way of expressing themselves.
As Psychotherapist, when working with PARENTS, I hold the belief that they are doing their best to not engage in harmful ways or be repeating old patterns. However, there is evidence that these patterns can be passed down generation after generation on an unconscious level and these can be certainly harmful and be sabotaging the relationship with their children and their extended family.
When working with FAMILIES, I hold a Family Systems and Relational based perspectives. The way I connect with the family is by engaging and obtaining a clear understanding of the family’s unique way of relating and getting to know their strengths and the areas where conflict arises.
In order to assist everyone in the family to obtain a greater perspective and a greater understanding of their conflicts/problems, my best efforts are made for understanding what is being ´constellated´ in each relationship and in its particular and unique dynamics.
In this regard, getting a clear understanding of what is happening in the FAMILY SYSTEM is the key for me to bring forth the necessary awareness to each member and create new pathways of connection, developing more satisfying ways of behaving and relating with one another and arrive to a new understanding by creating a new healthy relationship.
I work in a very dedicated way to create a safe relational space for my clients to build trust and feel secure in the room between family members. I also help family members to be aware of their underlying patterns of communication that create unsafe and harmful dynamics, masking their true meaning and contributing to unnecessary conflict. Providing different tools and PSYCHO-EDUCATION,will facilitate new learning experience and growth for all the family members.
TREATMENT OPTIONS OR WAYS OF WORKING THERAPEUTICALLY THAT BEST SERVES YOUR NEEDS:
- At the first Family Therapy session, I provide a consultation with the whole family that helps me understand and learn what is the "presenting problem" for later decide what best course of treatment will be right to follow. This means that depending on what needs to be attended in the first place, I will opt to begin working with the whole family, the children, the parents, or work first with the dyad alone (mother-child, father-child, and/or mother-father).
- As the Family Therapy progresses and while paying attention to the needs that arise in the therapeutic process, the setting can be shifted over time adding or excluding a family member/s. Each decision and each reason for shifting the setting will be communicated to the family members. Appropriate notice will be given for participants to understand and give their approval.
"A growing body of clinical observation has pointed the conclusion that the family therapy must be oriented to the family as a whole." - Virginia Satir, known as "Mother of Family Therapy."