How I Work

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How I Work 2017-10-04T01:00:23+00:00

How I work - Hoai-Thu Truong PhD - Palo Alto, CA

I tailor my way of working to who you are as the client, to what your needs are, and to what suits you as an individual.

Structured approach to psychotherapy

At times my way of working may be a more structured approach, with a focus on relieving symptoms. For example if you come in with feelings of intense anxiety, I might work collaboratively with you to alleviate the anxiety by teaching relaxation techniques and identifying what triggers the anxious feelings. We would discuss how to deal with the cues that trigger anxiety, how to cope with your reactions, and what you can do to decrease the intensity of the feelings.

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Psychodynamic psychotherapy

Most often, I adopt a more unstructured, psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy. For example, if you were to come in with feelings of depression, we might explore what is going on in your life and how it may be related to your depression. Are you going through a life transition that brings up other issues for you? Perhaps you’ve had a loss that needs to be mourned? Maybe you’ve been very busy with your work and haven’t had time to yourself? These are some of the possibilities we would consider in the exploration of your life.

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And with another person, we might start with structured symptom relief and then explore what underlies the symptoms using an unstructured approach.

Furthermore, because people are much more than their symptoms, I am not solely concerned with what is not “working” for you, but I am also interested in your strengths, potential, creativity, and wholeness, using the framework of analytical (Jungian) psychology.

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Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

More recently I have been integrating psychodynamic and Jungian ways of working with Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).

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