Christine E.R. Harvell

Christine E.R. Harvell

You make sense.

It seems simple enough but, for a long time, the world has been telling us that it’s best for everybody if we just keep all that “inside stuff” on the inside; that the vast majority of what goes on inside our heads is too annoying, irrational, inconvenient, unattractive, inappropriate, and shameful, and that it’s best if you try not to tell too many people about it. For a lot of us, though, that's just not working out - and that's why, in our work together, I'm going to challenge you to do just the opposite. Getting your hands dirty, digging deep, and getting to know yourself and how the bumps, bruises, and scars from your journey to today impact your day-to-day life and mental health is what gives you the power to take down your inner critic, break out of old patterns, and make new choices that can help you build a future that's more fulfilling, more fun, and more "you" than your past.

I practice psychodynamic therapy: that means that, together, we try to look at old stories from new angles and make sense of who you are and how you’re feeling by looking at where you’ve come from and what your path through life has taught you about who you’re supposed to be, what you’re supposed to do, and how you’re supposed to feel. And, to help you really understand yourself on the deepest level possible, and I bring in plenty of science (like cognitive neurobiology and evolutionary psychology) to help make sense of why we are the way we are, beyond just the thoughts and feelings we're aware of.

Throughout our work together, I also think one of the most important things I can do as your therapist is support you in developing the ability to pick up where our work together leaves off and continue the process of self-examination and internal detective work, that way you’re not just getting an hour of support with what’s going on right now, you’re investing in learning new ways of supporting and relating to yourself and others too that will last a lifetime.

I specialize in supporting high acheivers with low self esteem and helping adults ride out the waves of major life changes, but I've had experience with lots of other populations and challenges and I'm really looking forward to meeting you!

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