Jeff Cohen, MFT Integrative Mind/Body Psychotherapy510.548.4950

Here are the primary therapeutic models that I incorporate in my practice.

Cognitive Behavorial Therapy is the most widely practiced form of therapy in this country. It deals with the power of our thoughts—including negative and inaccurate thoughts about oneself—to shape our experience. I think aspects of this model are valuable, but by itself I find this approach to be limited.

Psychodynamic Therapy, in contrast, addresses the unconscious processes that influence our thinking and motivate our behavior. We can see traces of this in our everyday experience, such as when we get triggered by someone or feel reactive in ways that might seem disproportionate to the event. Much in the way that musical notes have overtones, our reactions are amplified because our brains resonate with earlier—even if unremembered—experiences. Working at this core level directly affects the underlying cause of our problems.

Sometimes our patterns in relationships show up or get played out in therapy. A Relational perspective is one that recognizes this as an important part of the therapeutic process, as it gives us an opportunity to work directly with the patterns that are often causes of ongoing distress.

Existential Therapy reflects an outlook that our search and desire for meaning is an important inquiry and worthy pursuit. This inner exploration can profoundly affect our sense of identity, purpose and belonging, as well as our experience of fulfillment and love.

Fitting with an existential perspective, Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy is named from a Hopi Indian word meaning, “How do I stand in relation to these many realms,” or “Who am I?” Hakomi is an elegant and powerful method of identifying and processing our unconscious patterns. By utilizing the practice of mindfulness—an easily teachable state of consciousness—we are able to work directly with the part of the brain where our limiting beliefs are stored. Beyond just gaining insight into these patterns, I'll help you access the “real time” felt experience of relating to yourself more fully, and provide tangible support in integrating this into a new way of being.

Additionally, in resolving traumatic experiences, I rely on a combination of methods used in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE), and
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). These neurologically based modalities are at the forefront of our current understanding of how to safely and effectively work with trauma.