Vala Kondo Legan
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist
My "Psychodynamic" approach to therapy recognizes three basic components in the healing process;
1.Increased insight and understanding.
We all have patterns of thought, feeling and behavior that influence our lives. Some of these patterns may be so ingrained that we are hardly aware of them. Instead, we are only aware of dissatisfaction or frustration. Healing includes an increased understanding of the triggers, associations and automatic responses that inhibit life.
2. A safe relationship with a caring therapist.
Many people do not feel truly safe with others, even people they care for and love.
Others may feel "safe" but not safe enough to reveal feelings of anger or vulnerability.
Many people habitually enact old roles like "the good girl" or "the guy who couldn't care less".
Your relationship with your therapist is a powerful tool.
We work to create a new template for relationships that allows you to feel free and genuine.
3. A professional therapeutic knowledge-base and skill set .
I am trained in both traditional "talk" therapy, clinical art therapy. and EMDR.
I use a psychodynamic attachment-based approach and can integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as needed, in individual cases.
My work is appropriate for those who seek deep, lasting changes.
I use a highly individualized assessment and will listen to your goals and preferences to determine the form of treatment or combination of treatment is best for you.