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PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Psychosomatic Disorders, Addiction, Relational Issues, Stress Management, Family Issues, Couple's Issues, Personal Growth, East/West Psychotherapy, Emotional Intelligence

About 5 years ago I created Psychosomatic Psychotherapy as a novel and imaginative treatment that integrates mind, body and emotion. Most Western therapies are essentially mind oriented, but we are so much more than our thoughts. My approach includes elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy and Zen Buddhism. Psychosomatic Psychotherapy treats a wide variety of conditions and clients: individuals, couples, families, trauma, stress, addiction and PTSD, to name a few.

We begin by telling our story. We go at a slower pace than usual and we pay special attention to the emotionally important parts of the story, e.g., talking to our mother, worrying about work, conflict in a relationship, etc. Here we pause and direct our attention to our abdomen and ask, “How do/did I feel about this or that or him or her?” Then we wait. We don’t rush to answer the question with our heads, we wait for an answer to slowly arise from our bodies. We are bypassing our intellectual defenses and asking our bodies what’s really going on.

When discover our feelings we express them in a full-throated and wholehearted way! Then we just feel (not analyze!) that feeling in our bodies until the feeling dissolves or almost completely dissolves, usually within a few minutes. Last, we scan our bodies for any lingering areas of tightness or tension in places like the stomach, chest, throat, head, jaw, neck, or face. When we discover where we’re holding stress and somaticized emotions, we feel these areas until the tension/tightness/emotion dissolves, usually within a few minutes. Developing a greater capacity to feel also provides critical and deeper insight into our issues.

The overall goal is to unblock emotions and reduce dangerous inflammation by metabolizing and processing emotions and somatic constrictions in the body. Along the way, we are also challenging old, disempowering stories and replacing them with more accurate, empowering narratives. When treatment integrates the cognitive, emotional, and somatic dimensions of our conditions, mental and physical symptoms are significantly reduced. The ultimate goal is to help the client fully integrate mind and body, and thoughts and feelings, so as to live a more holistic, natural, and wholehearted life.

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Dr. Philip Takakjian, Ph.D.

Dr. Philip Takakjian, Ph.D.
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