Jennifer M. Sandoval, Ph.D.
"Loneliness does not come from having no people around, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible." -C.G. Jung
Intimate relationships can provide the most rewarding and meaningful experiences of our lives. They can also cause the most disappointment, frustration, and loneliness.
Helping You Reconnect
Couple therapy can be very helpful, whether you wish to establish a strong foundation for your future, re-gain a sense of delight and intimacy, work through issues (e.g. sex, money, child-rearing, home and work-life balance, family discord, trust or betrayal, llness, etc.), or talk through the major decision of whether to continue the form of your current relationship. I have assisted
many couples navigate all manner of challenges together and will provide a safe, neutral and supportive environment where each partner can be fully self-expressed in honest dialogue.
"I would rather be whole than good."
Psychodynamic therapy aims not merely to amplify the "good" (or ego) parts of our personality, but also the undeveloped, repressed, and unknown (non-ego) sides in order to bring a fullness and genuine experience of the entire self.
Psychodynamic therapy utilizes approaches from psychoanalysis (analyzing unconscious defensive structures), analytic and archetypal psychology (analyzing dreams, fantasies and complexes), and post-Jungian dialectical psychology in a fascinating and powerful exploration of the infinite potential of mindedness, at both subjective (personal) and objective ("soul") levels of consciousness.
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." -C.G. Jung
All of us know what we know - for example, we know our areas of expertise or talents. We also know what we don't know - for example, many of us don't know how to perform neurosurgery or speak seven languages. It is what we don't know that we don't know that is the problem.
Knowledge is Power
Through a cognitive-behavioral approach, we uncover and examine closely held unconscious negative or limiting beliefs that keep us powerless, anxious, awkward or lacking in confidence and motivation. These beliefs, while protective and often necessary during childhood development but no longer be helpful in adulthood, can be "updated," expanded, or released altogether, thereby allowing for greater self-expression, authenticity, intimacy and power in all areas of one's life.
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