Frog Point Therapy
ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
Frog Point Therapy individualizes all treatment to the specific ways that each person experiences the world. Our approach is evidence-based. Dr. Barimany is a leader in the field of Jungian personality research, and her expertise is in priming human development through a highly individualized approach. Frog Point Therapy specializes in the cultivation of epistemological specialization across a lifetime.
TRANSFORMATION, NOT OBLITERATION
In times of desperation there is a compulsion to “burn it all down” and start over from scratch. We believe that it is transformation—not obliteration—that becomes a vital bridge into the next upshift in development.
Pain, sorrow, discomfort, anger, and despair are wise teachers. In order to get unstuck, the only way out is through these uncomfortable feelings. Going around them traps us in unending cycles of more pain, sorrow, and despair.
REHUMANIZING MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
Society is in a period of pronounced change. We are recycling old structures, old systems, and old ways of being that have failed to evolve with our developing collective psyche. Frog Point Therapy endeavors to be a leader of change in mental health treatment by evolving old postures of the stereotypical, clinical, and sterile therapeutic relationship of the early 20th century and instead adopting deeply human posture with our clients.
Relationships are sacred in that they allow us to both see ourselves and be seen. In order to truly connect and cultivate transformation, an authentic, intimate, and clear therapeutic relationship is the ‘sine qua non’ of successful therapy.
FPT seeks to lead the charge in changing the tradition of the one-sided relationship between client and therapist in therapy and proliferate a culture shift in the industry of mental health.
The desire to know oneself is one of human being’s most fundamental wishes—to feel content in our own mind and body. As adults, the unconscious constructs that shape and constrain our daily lives often go unexamined. In becoming aware of those constructs, we can begin the sometimes painful process of leaving old ways behind and transforming our lives into something that better fits for where we are in life. We begin to know and honor what really matters to us rather than what we have simply adopted from our environment. Developing a safe haven inside our own minds can help us stand firm in the hurricane of anxiety, stay focused in the haze of depression, and be a constant unto ourselves amidst the chaos of everyday life.
Consciousness is what separates human beings from all other creatures in the world. As we grow, we traverse various stages of development beginning with the first-person perspective in which we are driven by our needs; to the second person perspective in which our interpersonal awareness comes online and we come to know “other;” to third person perspective in which we can watch both ourselves and others. Lastly, we move into the re-embodied planes of meta consciousness in which we can hold the duality of all the selves within the subjective self simultaneously. Some of these developments happen naturally, but often these stages are ones we have to intentionally learn to transcend. We may get stuck in one stage or another because of cognitive rigidity, trauma, addiction, or depression. The mind has “grow up” just as a child does—this takes patience, focus, and diligent work.
Agency and integrity are basic human needs for healthy adult development and self-actualization. How do humans transform? How does change happen? The answers can be infinitely complex, but also very simple—do more of the good; do less of the bad. Our limbic system incentivizes pleasure and negatively reinforces pain. We could—and many do—spend our entire lives chasing comfort. Transformation begins when we develop new relationships with old experiences. As we become wiser, we can understand how pain can be a wise teacher and pleasure can be a dangerous rut that stunts our growth, and the importance of both. We see nuance in the experience of life; we honor our needs and wishes in ways we were too afraid to do before; we make new choices; we break apart things that no longer serve us and then rebuild them, and do it over and over again. What emerges is a more profound relationship with our intrinsic and extrinsic worlds that eventually become a seamless, integrated totality. This is the promise life holds for every human being if we’re willing to wake up and evolve.
State of the Art
Frog Point Therapy’s philosophy of practice draws from cutting-edge research on human development and modern philosophies that weave together psychology, consciousness studies, and theories of human development. Human beings have universal, basic needs, but they also have specialized psychic cultures of knowing and being. Dr. Barimany’s research on epistemological diversity explains meaningful differences in how people take in data from the intrinsic & extrinsic environment and how they organize & make meaning of information. This research helps explain why two people can be faced with a similar situation but have different—but relatively predictable—experiences of the same reality. This paradigm creates space for the the multiplicity of the human experience without privileging one way of being over another. These meaningful differences in personality are integrated into Frog Point Therapy’s theory of practice.
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