Gina M. Taffi, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Finding a therapist with whom you believe you will be able to speak about what matters most to you is essential. I think of psychotherapy as a clearing in a difficult world, a safe place to go when you feel your life is at an impasse. This is the space I offer when working with you in my office.
Even when problems are definite, solutions are often harder to grasp since you can't buy them off the rack. Custom-made, these solutions are personal and sometimes you find you can't do it alone. My approach to treatment reflects my training in relational and contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy. I also use cognitive therapy and mindfulness modalities if best for you.
Psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy is not easily describable because it is such a uniquely personal experience. For some, it is a short-term endeavor specific to a marriage, a death, or a heaviness of spirit that you can't quite put your finger on. For others, therapy is in-depth and long-term based upon their personal histories and what initially brought them into treatment.
I believe that most psychological or emotional difficulties are the result of early and important relationships. Therefore, it follows that healing happens not in isolation, but in relationship to another person who is committed, well-trained and whose presence makes one's struggle bearable. In order to fully heal, we must know what we know and feel what we feel.
Change that happens through this kind of therapy is long-lasting and profound. But because the problems did not arise overnight, they generally aren't solved overnight either. In our current culture of quick fixes and manualized treatments, the therapy I offer is an alternative unlike most others. By understanding our relationships and how difficulties show up in them as well, we can better understand patterns that lead to pain, and find alternatives that will enhance your life as opposed to undermine it.
My approach is highly personal, and involves the collaboration of two human beings as we explore the complexities of your inner world.
I care for people with addictions, anxiety, cancer/chronic illness, complex trauma, depression, eating disorders and relationship concerns. Therapy is a process of retracing steps that lead to pain, learning how to know yourself in order to mark a new path, and when you're ready, take back with you into the world.
If you wish to arrange a consultation, please reach out to me with a phone call or email.
Click here to view a great 3 minute video on what psychotherapy is all about.
Serving Del Mar and all of San Diego County.