The Many Faces of Healing

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Welcome. I imagine that most of you, who have found this site, have already acknowledged that you are no stranger to feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or maybe just weary. Possibly, you already have had a round or two of individual therapy or couples therapy. In any case, you have certainly thought a lot about how to improve your life and your relationships. You may have ideas, good ideas, about altering the uncomfortable areas of your life. But deep down you sense that something fundamental isn't shifting, and you wonder whether it really can. You are not alone in this situation.

In truth, we are wounded in our earliest relationships, and because of that our deepest healing occurs in relationship. Many of us have had overt traumas, which clearly call for attention. Yet the subtle, day-to-day non-verbalized tension we grew up with also stays in our system. My approach takes both of these factors seriously. By creating a collaborative relationship with you, and addressing the non-verbal aspects of your connection to yourself and others, I go to a deep level of healing that many other therapies may unwittingly miss. See my new book When Words Aren't Enough.

Perhaps you are trying to re-awaken a stagnant marriage. Maybe you're aware that you have been harmed by physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and you still allow habitual maladaptive patterns to limit you. Possibly you are dealing with troubling work issues, or questioning your career, or feeling burned out, or having difficulty finding a balance between work and home-life. These issues can show up as back pain or other uncomfortable psycho-emotional and bodily conditions. Or, are you already in a meaningful relationship and just want to do the work to make it better?

I would like to create a healing partnership with you with whatever you bring to me, so we can transform the "problematic" into healing steps toward your health and wellbeing.

I have been assisting people with these issues for over 40 years. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been integrating my own personal journey to truth and wholeness with the best of mainstream psychological and somatic approaches. There is a creative tension for me between what I was taught and what I could only discover inside myself. I bring this integration to our work to empower you to learn to hear your own voice more clearly.

I see couples and individuals for couples counseling and marital counseling in New York City and Philadelphia.  Please contact me for more information and to make an appointment at matthew@matthewcohen.us