Change is a constant in our busy day to day lives: you've started a new job; your current job has ended; you're dating someone new; a relationship has ended; you feel anxious; someone in your life has died; your parents are divorcing; you're new in town and don't know anybody. In general handling one or two of these things at once is possible. However, sometimes things hit us all at once and we feel overwhelmed.

My mission is to assist you in creating the life that you want. This involves carefully exploring the patterns in your emotions, your thoughts, your relationships, and your life history, to come to a clearer and deeper understanding of yourself.

My overall theoretical approach is eclectic; meaning that I will work with you to resolve your conflicts utilizing the most appropriate theory for your situation. However, my theoretical orientation is primarily based on the psychodynamic theory.

The primary focus of psychodynamic therapy is to reveal the unconscious content of your psyche in order to resolve conflict. Psychodynamic theory assumes that an unconscious maladaptive function, usually developed early in life, is currently creating conflict in your life. Our work together will focus on revealing and resolving these unconscious conflicts.

Our initial session will be primarily evaluative, though some therapeutic benefit may occur. I actively use my training and experience to help you acheive your therapeutical goals. Successful treatment is a direct result of mutual efforts, honesty, and a spirit of collaboration.

I look forward to working with you.

Chris Paton, MA, LMHCA