Q: Loren, you came to social work through an interesting path. What were your original interests, and how do they shape your work?
As an undergraduate I majored in English Literature. I was drawn to English primarily because of how artfully and truthfully literature deals with the human condition. I read works that examined the fundamental issues of human existence, and I was forced to think about and interpret their meaning through psychological and ethical lenses. My background in literature was the impetus to my interest in psychotherapy and is what drew me specifically to the psychodynamic approach to therapy, which is at the core of my practice.
Q: What exactly do you mean when you say “psychodynamic?”
I am interested in helping my clients uncover unexpressed or unrecognized feelings, so they can find their voice and tell their own unique story. I encourage clients to express themselves freely – exploring their fears, desires, and dreams. Really, I encourage them to explore whatever happens to be on their minds. Recognizing reoccurring themes and patterns, exploring relationships, and past experiences is an integral part of psychodynamic therapy.
Q: Do you use other models or theories in your approach? What does that look like?
I do integrate other therapeutic approaches, as well. In particular, I draw on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. The method and approach I use depends on what is right for each client. I believe it is important to be able to provide my clients with concrete skills and strategies that they can use in their everyday lives.
Q: Who is your ideal client?
I work well with clients interested in being guided through a journey of self-exploration, self-reflection and self-discovery and who are also looking for direct and practical strategies to help deal with stressful situations and difficult emotions. The ultimate goal of my approach is to help my clients learn to identify their own strengths and abilities and trust themselves by nurturing their positive psychological capacities.