Patricia Simko, Ph.D., J.D. is a New York based psychotherapist/psychoanalyst. She is a graduate of New York University and of the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology (TRISP). She has been working with people in therapy for more than 15 years, and works with individuals, couples, and groups.
Aside from her private practice she is former Asst. State Atty. General of NY, former Director of Domestic Violence Prevention Project at NYC Victim Services Agency, and currently a core faculty member at the New School University B.A. Program.
Her innovative style combines a solid theoretical base in Self Psychology and classical analysis along with a variety of tools and modalities which allow for flexibility in working with people.
She is trained in Gestalt Therapy, psychodrama, Ericksonian hypnosis, Rubenfeld Synergy, EMDR, and IMAGO Therapy. Patricia has presented papers, led discussions, and been featured as an expert guest on radio and television programs on issues in mental health. Patricia is teaching psychology at The New School University, has taught at TRISP, and at New York University. She is a student of the Diamond Heart® school which is the spiritual teaching of the Ridhwan Foundation developed by A. Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas ) over the last 25 years.
A believer in the integration of body, mind and spirit, Patricia holds as a goal of therapy the growth of the Individual and the integration of all the parts of the self. Her warm and empathetic stance contribute to the healing process.
Rather than seeing therapy as a means of simply avoiding the pain, Patricia works with people to enable them to live through their own inner reality, and make peace with their feelings, their past, their inner selves.
For most of us, one of the hardest things in life is to achieve a sense of inner wholeness, to feel that we are complete and adequate. Even when we are on a path, in therapy, or have worked on ourselves for a long time, we can find that peace, serenity, happiness evade us. The problem is, it is hard and painful, and sometimes, you just have to allow yourself to be where you are. You cant really expect to be whole right away, or to be okay right away. Sometimes we need to get more information, or talk about things from a different perspective, or share thoughts with others.
I find the world of dreams an interesting tool of discovery, in which we enter into realms of shadow, mystery and complexity. There is no simple explanation for a dream, because any dream can serve multiple purposes. Dreams can, for example, express a wish, solve a problem, help integrate the past, help rehearse the future, reveal secrets, master trauma, rehearse death, visit ghosts, paint a picture of a situation, see more deeply into events, relationships, dynamics ... dreams do all of this and even more. So it is with great respect and humility that we approach your own dream creation.
Just as there are many purposes a dream can serve, there are also many ways of approaching the interpretation of a dream. Each major psychological theory has its own theory of dream analysis. And Freud said that any given dream, properly analyzed, could constitute the entire work of a person's analysis! An entire microcosm exists in your dream!
Except for the point, the still
point, there would be no dance. And there is only the dance.
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