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 well-being. These processes might take the form of “defense mechanisms” that buffer overwhelming or unacceptable emotions. While often healthy and adaptive, this sometimes harms more than it helps. Psychotherapy is a process of detecting counterproductive defenses and replacing them with more useful ones.