Individual In-Depth Psychotherapy

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“Where we had thought to travel outward, we will come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with all the world.” – Joseph Campbell

Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, some form of trauma, or relationship issues of any kind, or you feel burnt out, like life has lost all of its meaning, you are far from alone … and help is available.

I know how painful these types of feelings can be. Few things in life are more difficult than emotional pain.

You feel you should be able to work it out on your own. Yet nothing you do seems to help, at least not for long.

Ignoring the problems and hoping they will sort themselves out does not work. And yet every time you try to change the way you think, feel, or act, the same old loop seems to kick back in again.

You feel stuck, discouraged, even hopeless.

The good news is that you are reading this now. You still have hope. And the individual counseling and psychotherapy services I provide can help.

Why Counseling & Psychotherapy?

If you need medical, legal, or financial advice or assistance, you hire a doctor, lawyer, or financial professional. Even if you just want to get in better shape, you hire a trainer or coach. Professional counseling and psychotherapy are really no different …

Counseling and psychotherapy have been shown time and time again to be extremely effective in helping people work through and resolve a wide range of mental, emotional, relational, and behavioral health issues.

Of course, just as there are a wide variety of doctors, lawyers and financial professionals, there are also a wide variety of counselors and psychotherapists to choose from, each with their own specialties and ways of working with and helping clients.

Which one is right for you?

There really is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer. It depends on both your immediate and long-term goals, as well as the types of problems you are experiencing.

However, we are all relational beings, and most of our emotional wounds have occurred in our relationships with others and are perpetuated by the relationship we have with ourselves.

This is why the most important determinant of effective counseling and individual therapy is the healing relationship you develop with your therapist. After all, if you are not comfortable with your therapist, you will find it next to impossible to open up and do the deep work necessary to create true healing and growth.

How I Work … and How I Can Help

While my training and orientation are steeped in Jungian analysis, psychodynamics, and in-depth therapy, I draw on a wide variety of techniques to help my patients with whatever they are struggling in the here and now, including object relations, relational and attachment-based psychotherapy, somatic therapy, harm reduction, shadow integration, analyzing symbols/dreams, and mindfulness techniques.

In other words, I will follow your lead …

For example, if you are struggling with a lot of anxiety, then we may start with some simple breathing and mindfulness exercises to help you get grounded and centered before we do anything else. We may also do some gentle reframing work to help you put current anxieties into perspective, so they can be looked at more dispassionately, or to help you focus on the more calming aspects of your life.

I am not a “typical” psychoanalytic-oriented therapist who is just going to sit and listen.

I will listen deeply to anything and everything you have to say. I also work collaboratively with patients, I am interactive in sessions, I provide coping techniques when appropriate, and value the two-way relationship that leads to healing.

So, if you are struggling with anxiety, we will locate a part of your personality that is relatively calm, so that you can learn from that experience.

If you are generally more introverted, we will look at the hidden part of you that is something of an extrovert and what you can learn from that part of yourself.

If you are ready to go deep and really explore, we may do some shadow work and look at what is there (inside) that you do not want to talk about … what is left unsaid.

We will also likely use relational, attachment-oriented, psychodynamic psychotherapy to look at parallels between your earliest and current relationships, as doing some work to heal past wounds often resolves the issues in the present.

And I will work with you to overcome issues such as always feeling the need to be perfect, as well as discover what truly holds meaning in life for you, both professionally and personally.

Is In-Depth Psychotherapy Right for You?

I do not believe individual counseling and psychotherapy are about “quick fixes” or creating “change.”

The work we do together is not about “changing” who you are.

Instead, our work together is about creating deep healing, accepting and being ALL of who you are, and growth … growing into who you are and your full potential.

Healing and growth take work.

As a mental health therapist who is been in individual therapy for quite some time and done my own work, I know how difficult it can be. I also know that few things in life are more rewarding than having the courage to be vulnerable at the right times and doing the deep work necessary to really explore who you are, so you can create a life you truly love.

The word psychotherapy means “rendering service to the soul.”

That is my goal for our work together: to provide a non-judgmental attitude of openness, acceptance, compassion, and flexibility and an in-depth approach that supports your individuation process and the core of your being – your soul – so you can:

  • Achieve a deeper, more profound understanding of your Self;
  • Acknowledge the patterns that support you, as well as those that hold you back from achieving your goals;
  • Better balance the conscious and unconscious aspects of your psyche; and
  • Move towards a feeling of wholeness, completeness, and self-actualization.

If this is your goal, too … if you are ready to give individual therapy a try and do the deeper work necessary to better understand who you are, what you want, and learn how to create it, then I encourage you to contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation and ask any questions you have. I look forward to connecting and helping however I can.

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Dominique Yarritu, PhD, LMFT – Individual Counseling, In-Depth Therapy, Individual Psychotherapy, and Individual Therapy in San Jose, California