Therapy for Therapists + Creatives
Free your mind and the rest will follow. -En Vogue
I think psychoanalysis is about the birthing of a mind. It's the hunt and find of the unspoken, an ever-deepening understanding of our deepest hopes and dread and the freedom to engage with more knowing and choice.
But what does it look like in practice? As the analytic process starts to work its magic, you will start to feel enamored by your own growth and it's potential freedoms, you will come rushing out of the gates of your walled fortress only to be reminded why the walls were erected in the first place. It will take time and practice to hold yourself in this world both accepting your vulnerability as part of it all while simultaneously finding your strength to stand in it. That's what deep therapy work can feel like...
I see clients a minimum of one time per week for psychoanalytically-informed psychotherapy but I encourage clients to come with more frequency when possible. More frequents visits promote a consistency and structure that allows you to let down your guard and make contact with your more vulnerable parts in need of attendance. This process can lead to a deeper awareness and integration of one's own interior life.
Michelle Harwell, PsyD, LMFT (50732) is an expert trainer, respected speaker, and licensed therapist in trauma, development, and attachment. She is a certified yoga instructor and seeks to help her clients better understand how the body is often the first speaker to life's experiences: joy, stress, or even trauma. She is noted for her specialization in areas of development, attachment, trauma, and neuroscience, and her ability to communicate complex topics with clarity and humor.
Michelle completed her doctorate in Psychoanalysis from The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She received her BA in English Literature from University of Oklahoma, MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.