San-Francisco-Psychotherapy-Somatic-Experiencing-My-Tools-300x240I have always thought of psychology as an immense supermarket of the soul. I have, during my studies of the human psyche, taken my shopping cart down the aisles and made a toolbox. I continue, as a student of life in this field, to acquire new tools and to upgrade the ones that work well. Tools are readily available and can be sampled, used in session, taken home and returned if they don’t work.

In psychotherapy, many approaches have great validity. But they just don’t seem to be sufficient on their own. Therefore, I like to work with different models. Because I believe that the great masters formulated great theories, they are always in the back of my mind during sessions. Since we all deserve a tailored approach to meet our needs and to answer our questions, I prefer multiplicity.

I try not to pathologize because I am not fond of labels. Sometimes, we just can’t get around the pathology, specially if medication needs to be recommended by another health care provider. I think in terms of “healthy” rather than “normal”. I believe that our own resources lay hidden like a treasure inside of us but not always within reach. I see myself as a helper, a “midwife of the soul”, a holder of the space where the client reconnects to his being, and recovers his own resources.

Most of the wounding that prompts a client to seek psychotherapy occurs at two different levels. What we call developmental issues are the challenges children face as they “attach” to their caregivers: this relates to the Second Brain called Limbic or Emotional. Trauma, which very often accompanies attachment failures, relates to the First Brain, called Reptilian or Primal. By working with most of the approaches listed on the side of this page, we cover all the bases. We have, as human beings, excelled at using of our Third Brain — the Neocortex, the thinking brain — and most of us have not encountered any shortcomings at that level.