My theoretical approach is integrative, meaning I draw from psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, object relations and family systems theories.
Although my orientation is integrative, I am strongly grounded in object relations and self-psychology. Object relations theory is an offshoot of psychoanalytic theory where the emphasis is on the inner images of the self and how they manifest themselves in interpersonal situations.
Self-psychology is an offshoot of object relations theory, which focuses on "self objects" experiences, experiences (usually with other people) that nourish the self and the relationship between the brain and the heart, the self and self-esteem.
I view "the self" and "self-esteem" as the primary focus of my clinical work. It is through the usage of "therapeutic conversations" that open the possibilities of empowering "the self" and reinforcing "self-esteem".
Having a therapeutic conversation can assist the individual in finding new solutions, gaining support and charting a new course within the journey known as life. In doing so, we are able to rely on our power in working with our difficulties and re-experiencing hope and joy. Hence, this defines the basis for the naming of my practice,"Loving The Self-Self Relational Psychotherapy."