We thank you for taking the time to visit our website and consider our services. At Spiegel Psychological Services, we are committed to several core principles in our work:
· The relationship is what leads to positive outcome. Research and our own clinical experiences have borne out our belief that it is the “ingredients” of the therapeutic relationship that lead to change. In particular, we believe in an empathic active listening stance designed to promote curiosity and reflection in our clients.
· Openness to therapeutic approaches that fit the individual client. While we are grounded in attachment theory and relational psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approaches to treatment, we are eclectic in our application of therapeutic techniques and principles. We have training in and utilize other approaches, such as CBT, as necessary. One size does not fit all.
· Commitment to positive psychology and looking at the ‘glass as half full’. We believe in holistically treating the person, and see people as more than their symptoms and problems. We emphasize strengths rather than deficits in promoting resiliency and thriving. Even when we are addressing deficits in treatment, we are doing so with the intention of promoting mastery and confidence.
· Balance between past (‘then and there’) and present (‘here and now’) in the therapy. Exploring and understanding past experiences and relationships leads to insight and change. It helps us understand our ‘blinders’: the subjective way in which we experience the world and the past templates that we tend to experience present relationships through. On the other hand, as therapists we are highly attuned to the manner in which past experiences and worldviews manifest themselves right now. In this regard, nonverbal cues such as body posture, tone of voice, and physical experiencing; and verbal cues such as language choices provide important clues about how and why we function the way that we do in the present moment. We are particularly interested in ‘here and now’ interactions as the play out in the therapy relationship as well as other interpersonal therapeutic exchanges, such as couples and group psychotherapy.
· Building up the person and constructing character. How do we become the person that we are? What developmental experiences build character structure? What experiences arrest or damage that development of character structure? We believe in the concept of ‘developmental repair’: we want to help you feel more balanced, integrated and connected with yourself.
· Therapy sometimes needs to be more than just talking. Some of the richest therapeutic work can come through experiential techniques (e.g. clinical hypnosis, mindfulness, and other related therapeutic tools) based on the principles above. For example, they allow us to help you: bypass your own conscious defenses which may interfere with more meaningful therapeutic integration; be more mindfully present across sensory experiences in an observational and non-judgmental manner promoting growth; tune into the manner in which your mind and body interact in producing bodily sensations and symptoms; and creatively engage with your problems in an inspiring manner that leads to positive outcomes.