Homeopathy can be a relatively cheaper and accessible alternative for clients who don’t have insurance or resources. Because homeopathy addresses the whole person, clients overall health may improve in addition to their mental health.
Many practitioners in the mental health field may be unfamiliar of complementary modalities. Lack of adequate information, commonly acceptable modes of referrals, therapists not wanting to self disclose their interest in other fields, fear of being criticized by other colleagues are some of the concerns I hear. I provide suggestions to therapists about how to bring up complementary referrals and handle self disclosure issues.
Similarities between homeopathy and psychodynamic therapy:
– Focus on the unconscious.
– Mirroring: In therapy we use our words and body language to mirror a client’s experience. Homeopathy, does this by using substances from nature that literally mirror a client’s psychological state.
– Listening to deeper experiences and letting the client lead.
– Use of symbols and abstract thinking.
Book Suggestions for the Curious
– The Alchemy of Healing by Edward Whitmont
– Psyche and Substance by Edward Whitmont
– Homeopathy and Mental Health Care by multiple authors
Education and Experience
I work psychodynamically from object relations and attachment theories. I am very interested in Jungian thought, although I mostly utilize it for my own education and understanding different aspects of a client, rather than in the room.
With couples, I use Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) although psychodynamic thinking is still present.
M.S. in Psychology (MFT concentration), Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA
B.S. in Sociology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
McAuley Institute, San Francisco, CA: Individual and group therapy at a locked facility with 12-18 year old kids.
The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, CA: Psychodynamic individual and couples therapy with adults.
Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics, San Francisco, CA: Individual and group therapy with dual diagnosis adult clients at a residential treatment program. Educational groups on addiction and recovery.
Woman Inc, San Francisco, CA: Individual and group therapy with adult women experiencing domestic violence. Worked at crisis phone line.