Appoach to Psychotherapy:

My approach to psychotherapy begins with the understanding that your symptoms are expressions that convey something meaningful regarding difficulties you have in your way of being-in-the-world with others and with your sense of self. Thinking of symptoms as metaphors, symbols, or the result of unsuccessful attempted solutions to important life problems, leads us to reflect together on their meaning by describing in detail how you experience them, the kinds of contexts in which they occur, and how I perceive them as they appear in the present moment of our psychotherapeutic relating.  Through this process of exploration, reflection and dialogue we develop a new perspective on, and deeper understanding of your experience of yourself and your style of being-in-the -world with others.  At this point, we are able to realize the role your symptom(s) or “problems” played in the story of your life and generate a new narrative that brings with it authentic solutions.

Method of Psychotherapy:

My method of doing psychotherapy is first and foremost grounded in my empathic attunement to you within an atmosphere that is safe and secure, private and intimate. Through this attunement I seek to foster experiences of “being in sync” with you so that we can experience spontaneous, creative “moments of meeting” together.  It is in these moments that we are as fully present as possible to the meaning of our conversation so that new ideas, developing in these moments, resonate with you at a deep emotional level creating possiblities for transformation.  This is not just a new intellectual understanding but the emergence of a felt sense of experiencing yourself differently, as well as empowering yourself to approach your life more proactively dealing with problems in daily living.

My Skill Sets:

I draw from a variety of skill sets in working with clients.  These include, but are not limited to existential and psychodynamic depth psychologies, cognitive-behavior therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, trauma-informed therapy, clinical hypnosis, family therapy, narrative therapy, phenomenological analysis,and brief solution-focused therapy.  I integrate the latest research findings and current theories from the fields of cognitive and affective neuroscience, the developmental psychological research on secure and anxious forms of attachment in childhood, affect regulation, body-oriented therapies, dynamic systems theories, and, emergence theory.  Additionally, I am concerned with the philosophical foundations of consciousness as embodied and openly intersubjective, as well as the ethical and moral implications of these dimensions in the choices we make.

Bruce A. Levi, PhD
Licensed Psychologist - Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Training, Supervision & Consultations
Treatment for Individuals, Couples and Families

215 Main Street,
Westport, CT 06880

Ph. 203.246.3309