Sharing and being listened to can be cathartic and relieving ... and that promotes emotional learning. Can you recall a memory when you wanted to learn something new? The longer you thought about it, the more impossible it seemed. Then you did it -- perhaps in baby steps, becoming more and more competent. Do you remember the sense of deep satisfaction and accomplishment that gave you? That's what you can feel in therapy.
Empowering first step The goal from the beginning is to get you to take control of your own life. To be empowered and relieved. In our first meeting, we'll see whether we're a good fit, discuss strengths and issues, and set goals with a rough plan of action. Throughout therapy, I'll offer guidance, honest feedback, and a supportive environment with warmth, empathy, humor, intuition, expertise.
Focus on Priorities After the initial evaluation, our immediate priority is your safety, managing any potential crisis, and providing you with helpful tools. Since lifestyle contributes to anxiety and mood disturbances, we'll look at your daily habits in terms of nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditation, hobbies, and relationships, and make a plan to implement changes, if necessary.
Foster Insights and Self-awareness We'll do deeper work and explore together how past experiences and family culture have shaped your distressing emotional reactions. Often they're based on automatic assumptions and mistaken realities (catastrophizing, generalizing, etc.) that were developed as far back as childhood. Once you understand the causes of your inner blocks, you'll start healing. Over time, your subconscious will adapt to these insights and let you develop healthier coping mechanisms. You'll learn to pay attention to painful feelings instead of avoiding them (ignoring, denying, acting out, etc.) -- you learn to deal with them.
Breaking free You'll increasingly understand your reactive patterns and underlying issues, and can link them to past experiences or trauma, and let go of most of them. This sometimes feels awkward because the old "me" wants to do the same old familiar self-destructive thing. But with continuous practice, this changes for the better, and you'll break free.
Empowerment The underlying goal of our work is to awaken your own resources and free yourself from internal blocks in order to achieve self-confidence and self-reliance. Through client feedback and my own personal experience, I know that therapy is a liberating journey, putting you in touch with your true self and potential.
The sun rises everyday - whether we see it or not
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Andrea von Troschke MFT, ATR, BCPC Phone: 310-569-0106 Email: Psychotherapyart@gmail.com 11911 San Vicente Blvd. Suite 280 Angeles CA 90049 Psychotherapy/Individuals & Couples Hypnotherapy Art Therapy
Contact and location information
You can reach me by leaving a phone message at 310-569-0106 or sending an email to Psychotherapyart@gmail.com. I try to respond within 24 hours to arrange a time for a phone call. Once we make an appointment, we would normally meet at my office (11911 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 280, Los Angeles CA 90049). However, during COVID, we will get together via Skype, Zoom, Face Time or phone.
Andrea von Troschke, MFT, ATR, BCPC (License MFC 45893) Marriage and Family Therapist, Art Therapist Registered, Board Certified Professional Counselor