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Ezra Maurer
Ezra
Maurer
802-735-7138
802-735-7138
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194 Main Street, Suite 214
Newport
Vermont
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05855
USA
2006
Psychologist-Master
OFFLINE
I am most interested in insight practices and therefore most interested in helping you gain insight into your self. There are many ways to do this, but my focus tends to be on either meditation practices, depth psychology, or a combination of the two. I am well versed in a variety of meditation techniques and for those interested in establishing a practice I am happy to assist in the process with coaching, references and pointers. For those interested in psychotherapy, my practice ranges from psychotherapy as an adjunct to meditation, to psychotherapy as a modality in treating serious clinical presentations. I have 11 years of experience treating a wide range of clinical issues associated with early and/or complex trauma, and therefore have treated people with correlated diagnoses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders and Panic Disorder. I have extensive experience treating all forms of anxiety and depression. Please see my full profile for more information.

I am glad that you have decided to investigate what therapy can do for you. I know that most people do not enter into therapy lightly, and that many people have tried everything within their power to make themselves feel better prior to consulting with a therapist. I would like to give you a brief orientation to therapy as I practice it so that you may be better informed as a consumer and better able to make use of the process once we have begun working together.

Firstly, therapy is a process, sometimes a very long one. Although researchers are always trying to find ways to shorten the process of therapy and improve efficacy, and although most therapists will use techniques from a variety of types of therapy depending on your needs (over 400 talk therapies have been codified and named), slow and steady generally wins the race. I know this is often not what someone wants to hear, but research shows that longer term, depth-oriented therapies tend to produce greater and longer lasting results (improvement often continues after therapy has ceased). By way of comparison, solution-focused or skills based therapies tend to show results more quickly than depth-therapies, but those improvements tend to degrade after therapy ceases. This is not to imply that one type of therapy is necessarily superior to another, sometimes a brief therapy is exactly what a person needs, but for the most common complaints of today’s patients, anxiety and depression, and for most long standing or complex issues, the depth-oriented approach is the treatment of choice.

What then is this in-depth approach and what do you do as the client? Generally speaking, depth-oriented therapies place emphasis on feelings and emotions; on past experiences and how they relate to current feelings and relational patterns; on how relational patterns may be being repeated within the therapy; and on the richness of your internal world (that emerges, for example, in dreams and daydreams, artwork, etc.). The goal is not just symptom remission and alleviation, but an expansion of your capacity to find meaning and enjoyment in your life. You, as the client, are asked to do two things: show up regularly, and try your utmost to speak freely about whatever is on your mind. More than anything you are asked to be curious about yourself, about who you are and how you experience the world. Everyone has unplumbed depths, and it is in speaking freely and with curiosity about what is emerging from within you that you begin to discover them.

Everything else, if I have not stated it enough times already, is a process.

Vermont-VT
PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Meditation

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