Dr. John Spudich

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I practice depth-oriented therapy with a strong psychodynamic foundation, treating each client as a whole human being with a unique personality, an unconscious mind, and a deep history. Rather than affix an immediate label, generalize about struggles and offer prefabricated palliatives, I address both the difficulties and strengths that are rooted in the selfhood. It is a pleasure to come to know my clients, to guide their unfolding over time, and I aim for my own warm nonjudgmental engagement to be internalized--for so many of us, inner voices can be harsh and the introspective gaze grows at times myopic with its reactive judgments. Following a psychodynamic model of the psyche, I recognize the importance of early life in the sculpting of an individual's inner experiences and automatic reactions.

Back before the age of our reason, in the hot forge of the family home, we took experiences in on an unconscious level, crafting the rules of life within our early mind. Though we have now gained the resources of the intellect, these rules continue to operate invisibly, in our bodies, in our automatic thoughts, and in the relationships we create. I find it very powerful to address the past as it lives in the present and to challenge the early rules as they play out in new scenarios. Coming to know the past where it lives on in the mind liberates us to engage the present with a new potent awareness. I have worked with a variety of therapeutic issues, including depression, anxiety, OCD, various effects of trauma, relationship distress, difficulties during life transitions, and struggles in mourning losses.

In our work together, I particularly emphasize the creative life, as I am an artist and value that creative part of all of us which speaks its truth and arranges new untamed languages to heal the chaos of the mind. Just as I value the uniqueness of each person who steps through my door, I recognize that each treatment is different--some involve more direction, some greater spaciousness, some more philosophy, while others brim with feeling--and I am therefore flexible in my approach and look for my cues from the client's feedback and felt experience.If there is one thing I would leave a reader with, it is this: therapy targets the problems, struggles, and the overwhelm of life, but just as importantly the therapeutic process aims for growth, of capacity to meet suffering, of self-knowledge in the face of demands not to know, and of a greater sensitivity to the richness of life and love.