I started practicing psychotherapy in 1987, and established my independent private practice in 1989. My practice as a clinical psychologist consists of individual and couple psychotherapy, colleague supervision, Gestalt training, practica supervision, personal and professional development workshops and seminars.

Description of my approach in practicing psychotherapy:
I consider myself as having specialized in process intervention. I work in the “here and now” experience, based on all available data in the present. This experiential facilitation approach is unique in the sense that it raises awareness of and also breaks recurrent patterns, affecting the involved parties in the behavioral, cognitive and emotional realms, producing effective and long lasting impacts.

Working experientially in the present also provides me with the flexibility to tailor specific interventions to issues at the time they emerge.

In addition, my academic background in social and clinical psychology and my clinical experience in working with individuals, couples and groups provide me with the necessary theoretical background and practical experience that improves significantly the quality of the work I deliver with respect to assessment and intervention techniques.

The following are brief accounts reflecting my orientation: 

My personal world view that governs my everyday life is not exclusive of who I am and how I meet a person as a psychologist. I consider people free, responsible for their choices, motivated to act in a manner that is most advantageous to them given the constraints of their current situation, and geared toward growth promoting contacts with others. I believe that people behave in the ways they do, not because they are determined to, but because they choose to.

I consider the person motivated toward growth, and responsible for creating the steps for this to happen and to face the consequences. I find Gestalt approach very useful in developing a framework to understand the person in the dimensions of self and other awareness, contact with self and others, responsiveness to one’s needs, ability to support self, flexibility to create and engage with a self enhancing environment, and to disengage from inadequate self object milieus.

I regard context to be important in understanding human action. Behavior, when studied in the abstract, does not make much sense. In my point of view, it becomes meaningful only with reference to the environmental context in which it occurs. I hold a holistic view which subsumes two related notions. The person is a whole such that everything one does is related to everything else one does, and also related to one’s psychological functioning. The field, or the environmental context in which the behavior occurs is also an indispensable part of the whole.

What role do I assign to the values I hold within my psychological perspective? It would be too naïve to argue that it is possible or desirable for one to be neutral with respect to values. I believe that it is inevitable for values to affect one’s psychological perspective. I find such an account to be more modest in its aims than is a set of causal laws. Furthermore, being complex and intellectually satisfying, I regard it as more appropriate to human action as it embraces its complexity. I am in favor of moving away from strict objectivity, and to honor subjectivity, acknowledging and accepting the place of values.

Copyright 2013 Hanna Nita Scherler