What Is a CouchIssue?
Well, a bit of history first:
My mother told me that my grandmother, would have to either lie down on the floor or the couch before she could hear any type of news. It helped her somehow, go figure. She just had to lie down.
So, when I came home from school, my mother would be running around the house getting things done. Breezing by in a blur, she would say, "How did it go?"
I put my school bag on a chair and sat down in the living room. I talked towards the kitchen, "So, my teacher was telling us..."
"HOLD ON!" My mom would yell. "Let me lie down first!"
Then, lying down on the couch with her head resting on one of the pillows, she put her right arm over her forehead. All set. She cued me with, "Okay, I'm ready."
So, anytime I wanted to talk, her first question was always:
"Is it a Couch Issue??"
Master your CouchIssues
Using my 25+ years as a Clinician, I employ techniques from my experience as well as from InterPersonal Therapy (IPT) to home in on the issues that are interrupting your ability to enjoy life fully and move toward your goals (read about IPT below).
Here is an excerpt from Mary Grace Garis・(May 14, 2021 on Well+Good website) describing IPT:
“Interpersonal psychotherapy, sometimes referred to as IPT, is a structured, relatively-short term model of therapy that is based on communication and attachment theories,” says Carla Marie Manly, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Joy From Fear. “Often used to treat depression, IPT has also been proven effective with mental health issues, ranging from anxiety to substance abuse issues.”
As Dr. Manly mentioned, this methodology generally utilizes concepts like attachment theory (which addresses how you form attachments to others and your abilities for intimacy), as well as interpersonal psychoanalysis (which examines what your interactions with others says about you).
You can read the rest of the 4min article at: https://www.wellandgood.com/interpersonal-therapy/
I also throw in some Tarot - not so much as a divination tool - but as a way to elicit metaphors and give voice to what may be difficult to describe.
From "UsingTarot in Psychotherapy" Written by Jessica Dore on September 2, 2017 for PsychCentral.
Medically reviewed by Scientific Advisory Board:
"We all have blind spots. And sometimes, despite our best efforts, we simply do not and cannot see the full spectrum of possibilities available to us in any given situation and this goes for the work we do with clients as well.
Because tarot cards function solely through random selection and synchronicity, they have the potential to touch on our blind spots in a way that few other tools can. Even without interpretation on the part of the clinician, a single image (or a pair or cluster) can provide a client with a brand new way of seeing a situation."
You can read the rest of the 4min article at: https://psychcentral.com/pro/using-tarot-in-psychotherapy#1
We do all of this and more with a program that is tailored to you that includes email support, Zoom sessions and custom evaluations to allow you to gain insight as well as develop skill sets to handle the issues so that they don't handle you. As I tell my clients -
"Keep your strengths close but your weaknesses closer."