Christopher J. Corey
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MA
My approach is a flexible, organic experience of healing for many emotional concerns, particularly anxiety, depression, grief, fear, anger, trauma, sexual and creative blockages.
By working with the “here and now”, we can bring the hidden into light. That which has caused you to distort your inner strength can be brought to the foreground, and there, choices can be made.
Influenced by the works of Fritz Perls, Karen Horney, Rollo May and Wilhelm Reich, I will help you explore what has been fed to you and become indigestible. We will work to move through the layers of pain towards a new, authentic expression of Self.
I embrace all gender expressions and sexual orientations. The freedom to love who and how you choose is your birthright. I have experience supporting a variety of relationship configurations and lifestyles, and can assist in navigating issues that can surface in these choices, such as boredom, jealousy, intimacy blockages, differing needs and desires, sexual and emotional satisfaction.
The work is not always pretty. Deeply hidden feelings can surface. And in their surfacing comes the surge of experiencing. The goal is for you to become aware of what you are doing, how you are doing it, and how you can change. As I was taught, with awareness comes change. The deeper the awareness, the deeper the change. At the same time, we work on acceptance and validation of who you are, right now, in this time and place.
I believe that we are continually remaking and creating ourselves and our experiences. Sometimes we do this without awareness, and suffer from self-deception and distortion. Unlike some older forms of psychotherapy, the therapy I use looks at the felt sense of the moment, that which we subjectively experience. I do not aim to interpret or look for hidden meaning, or what might lie behind the appearance. We look at what is actually surfacing, and then we explore this; we deepen the awareness. By deepening the awareness, we minimize the self-deception.
I believe that we are here to learn to love and be loved. We are here to learn to be in relationship. Unfortunately, many of us have been wounded in our relationships. In therapy, we work together in relationship – and that same place of wounding can become a source of healing. Relationship comes from contact, and how you and I make contact will inform much of our work. What happens in contact? Where does the anxiety surface? How does the anxiety surface? How do we protect ourselves? What is the experience of being in relationship? Where are the boundaries? These are some of the areas we can explore.
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