Gayle Shotkin, LMSW, CST
About My Work:
My Approach in session is psychodynamic which means that I help people review emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs to gain insight into their lives and their present-day problems. It is my belief that it is important to evaluate the patterns that have developed over time and recognize recurring patterns. This process can help people see the ways in which they avoid distress or develop defense mechanisms as a method of coping. My goal is to help you to challenge and recognize these patterns so that you can begin to use healthy coping skills and start living a life that is worth living.
In session, I also incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy which focuses on exploring relationships among a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I help client's to identify negative or false beliefs and help to reconstruct them. Often, we can become our own worst enemies and believe for example that that we are "unloved" and"unworthy". Our thoughts alone are so powerful that they can lead us to experience anxiety and depressive symptoms.
I always begin exactly where you are and strongly believe that you are the expert of your own life. The decision to seek therapy is often difficult and starting therapy can be very frightening (especially the first appointment). Because of this, I do everything I can to help people feel at ease, safe, and comfortable when they come to see me in my office.