Philosophy of Therapy

29_Drawing Hands by EscherEvery experience of mania and depression is unique and requires attention to its individual meaning.  As a psychotherapist, I recognize a dignity to the pursuits and goals that arise within mania, as they are very much related to the attempt to individuate oneself and establish freedom.

Over the course of therapy, something critical develops:  a dialogue between the patient’s highest aspirations on the one hand and the demands of everyday life on the other.

Given that bipolarity represents two extremes,  psychotherapy often focuses on holding the tension of a middle ground–holding multiple perspectives and moving away from black and white thinking.  As a psychotherapist, I work together with patients to strengthen the their psychological organization and help them build a life structure that sustains his and her pursuit of freedom and happiness.

Bipolar diagnosed individuals find it more difficult to assimilate to the everyday norms and expectations of society, most particularly in work place.  Social expectations create stress and pain that makes the demands of everyday life more challenging.  The relational home developed within psychotherapy creates a sense of being connected and understood that lessens the power of alienation and desperation experienced in everyday life.

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