An important aspect of my approach involves an “interpersonal focus.” An interpersonal focus in psychotherapy refers to attention to and examination of the role that relationships play in your life. This means exploring how patterns of feeling and behaving in relationships impact your connections with friends, romantic partners, family, coworkers, and acquaintances.
Another emphasis of my work is on unconscious processes that interfere with happiness. It’s normal to employ defense mechanisms that shield us from overwhelming or unacceptable emotions. In fact, it’s often healthy to do so. However, unconscious defenses can occasionally harm more than they help. Defense mechanisms take many forms, but a common example is belittling others to bolster one’s own self-esteem. Psychotherapy is a process of detecting these counterproductive defenses and healing the wounds they were intended to soothe.