What is depth-oriented feminist psychotherapy?
The short answer:
We work together to help you respond to the need for healing change, in alignment with your empowerment, integrity, wellbeing, and identities.
The long answer:
Depth and feminist psychotherapies start with the idea that people are more than their symptoms, and that those symptoms are not “something wrong with you” but expressions of suffering that have served some purpose, even if they now stand in the way of your health and wellbeing. Depth-oriented psychotherapy attends to the ways these symptomatic expressions serve a need for transformation. Feminist psychotherapy attends to the ways they supported one’s survival in the face of trauma, and how complicated it can be to unravel one’s suffering under pressure from cultural forces and power dynamics that perpetuate suffering.
Depth and feminist psychotherapies move toward healing with an understanding that every one of us is made of many voices and relationships, inner and outer. Depth-oriented psychotherapy brings one into new relationship other aspects of oneself, integrating access to one’s energy, heart, and truth. Feminist psychotherapy brings one into new relationship with dynamics power of and self-care, supporting lasting and sustainable empowerment within oneself and in one’s outer relationships and daily life.
Depth and feminist psychotherapies honor the wisdom of the body and the language of imagery. Depth-oriented psychotherapy understands the language of image to be the psyche’s primary mode of communication, and takes seriously the communications of the dreaming body. Feminist psychotherapy offers language to understand how body knowing gets repressed, and tools to support the process of coming back into touch with one’s body knowing.
Both depth-oriented and feminist psychotherapies work closely with grief, understanding grief to be an experience largely banished from U.S. culture, but fundamentally necessary for psychic health and regeneration.