Most people come to therapy because they hope to manage uncomfortable symptoms including anxiety, depression, or difficulty in relationships, among others. At Dodini Behavioral Health we believe that these symptoms are the result of a complex system of biological, emotional, and environmental factors. We address all relevant aspects of these systems to try to understand the symptoms. Often, the symptoms are key aspects of our bodies’ natural alarm system, alerting us to underlying issues at the heart of our discontent.
Getting underneath these symptoms to reveal through self exploration and awareness the underlying problems allows us to address those issues as opposed to just getting symptoms to go away. Without addressing the complex underlying issues, the symptoms often come back or are simply replaced by other symptoms. Curiosity without shame or judgement about oneself and the presenting issues is a vital skill and essential to the psychotherapy process–this curiosity fosters an understanding of who we are and why we do what we do. Part of the process of psychotherapy is learning the skill of curious self observation.
Getting to the heart of the matter takes time, trust, risk, and vulnerability. It’s a great honor for us to be able to go through this journey with those who demonstrate courage in their honest exploration of their own strengths, weaknesses, life history, fears and hopes.
You will not be alone in the journey. Our style is engaging, honest, and relational. We won’t just ask you “and how does that make you feel?” or “tell me about your mother” (ok, we probably will ask those questions), but we’ll also share our experience of what it’s like to be with you and try to be honest and authentic in our emotional responses to what you share. In the literature, this style is often called “experiential” or “relational.” We are also psychodynamic in our training and can appreciate a good Freud joke.