KATIE FLACH, MS, LMFT
Psychotherapy in Adolescence, Adulthood, & Later Life
Healing the Traumatized Self
Depth-oriented psychotherapy cultivates one’s capacity to know, reflect on, and be with oneself. It often leads to long-lasting improvements in relationships and a deepened understanding of one’s inner world. Our work together will help you to recover your inherent sense of safety, trust, and belonging in the world around you – both in moments of solitude and connection with others. These changes can ultimately restore your capacity to live a rich and fulfilling life.
HOW I CAN HELP
We come to know and understand ourselves in the context of relationships. In the absence of authentic connections with others, we can be left feeling lost – disconnected not only from those around us, but also from ourselves. When close relationships are fraught with conflict or end badly, they can have a negative impact on the way we relate to ourselves and other people. Some may come to see themselves as damaged, defective, or even broken.
Though one can end up feeling completely stuck, there is hope for the possibility of something better.
Our work together can help you to gain insight into the ways you've learned to protect yourself from painful or intolerable thoughts and emotions. These protective mechanisms are adaptive in nature and have likely enabled you to survive experiences in your past that would have otherwise been unbearable. Although they kept you safe at some point in time, they may also no longer serve you – paradoxically preventing you from living the fulfilling life that you want for yourself.
The therapeutic relationship offers a unique and meaningful opportunity for self-discovery and healing.
Through the experience of being with another person in a safe and accepting space that is free of judgment, it becomes possible to restore connection with yourself and your deepest desires. Working with a therapist who will be with you through the pain you feel can enable you to make contact with the wounded parts of yourself that were previously experienced as too dangerous to face alone. When your pain is seen and recognized – deeply felt, understood, and held – it becomes possible to be with it in a new way. By working through and transforming it into something meaningful, you can reconnect with your own sense of authenticity and aliveness. This renewed connection with yourself will allow you to heal from the wounding experiences of your past and move forward with your life in order to achieve your fullest potential – to become the person you are.
Embarking on this therapeutic journey takes courage and hard work, but in my experience it is one of the most long-lasting gifts one can ever give to themselves.
WELCOME TO MY PRACTICE
It takes a great deal of courage to reach out to another person, even when a part of you knows you need support.
Deciding to see a therapist is one of the most difficult but important decisions you’ll make. Finding the right therapist for you can feel daunting – especially when you’re looking for relief instead of another challenge. In meeting with a therapist for the first time, you might wonder if it’s possible for someone to really get you or if opening up to another person is worth the risk. I work particularly well with those who have difficulty connecting with others or feel somehow set apart from those around them.
All are welcome in my practice, regardless of how strange, different, or "other" they may feel.
GET IN TOUCH
If you'd like to know more about my practice, I encourage you to reach out to me by phone, text, or email. I'm available at 415.841.3338 or . You may also fill out the form below.
I offer a 20-minute phone consultation that is free of charge. This is an opportunity to talk about the things you're struggling with and how I can help.
For all of us have a basic intuitive feeling that once we were whole and well – at ease, at peace, at home in the world; totally united with the ground of our being – and that we lost this primal, happy, innocent state and fell into our present sickness and suffering. We had something of infinite beauty and preciousness and we lost it. We spend our lives searching for what we have lost – and one day, perhaps, we will suddenly find it.