Mental Health Therapy for Individuals and Couples
Science has shown that the mind is not merely contained in the cranium, but is rather an “embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information” within oneself, between self and others, and the environment.(Dan Siegel, MD) There is always a tremendous amount of information available to enhance one’s life and relationships, but for the most part people develop habituated ways of being, based on past experiences and outdated information. This contributes to, at best, a dulled, disconnected, distracted, or reactive way of being, or at worst, this can perpetuate ongoing anxiety, depression, or relational disturbances.
Because the mind is relational and has the ability to shape the brain’s activity and structure, it is empowering to learn how to positively impact the social connections and communication that shape the circuitry and neurochemistry of our brains and bodies. This is accomplished through becoming aware of the quality of interpersonal relationships and assessing for barriers to intimate connections. Healthy, clear, positive communication strategies coupled with self-awareness in developing emotional self-regulating skills create a framework for healthy relationships. An embodied sense of aliveness, peace, joy, and love is then possible with using awareness to consciously direct attention in ways that create well-being.
While the system of the mind is complex, the practices to create well-being are rather simple and present centered. Therapy assists in learning to tolerate the constantly changing flow of the river of mind and emotions without defaulting to automatic reactions or seeking distractions. In addition, cultivating self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-understanding and then extending this awareness, compassion, and understanding towards others ultimately brings personal freedom and a sense of connection with self and others in intimate ways.