Individual psychotherapy does not employ cookie-cutter understanding or fixed theoretical methodologies. Each person’s distinctive experience in the world and what that experience says determine how they should be understood. As an experienced provider of individual psychotherapy in Torrance, CA, Mike King believes that genuinely effective psychotherapists “hold their theories very lightly,” as they focus on the uniqueness of each individual and what their lives hold for them.
Each time Mike begins working with someone new, he reminds himself that they bring a uniquely personal set of experiences into the room. Individuals may use similar words to describe their experiences or depict seemingly comparable feelings and even histories, but that does not mean they should be perceived in similar ways. For Mike, the importance of doing everything he can to fully understand the people he works with and their unique experience cannot be overstated.
Just as important is recognizing that the therapeutic relationship established from the first moment of contact is the bedrock for everything that follows.
Mike’s approach to psychotherapy often relies on exploring the evolving aspects of the relationship, how it feels, what is “good or bad” and why, what needs to be changed, and how all of this may or may not mirror other relationships. This approach offers two essential things: Firstly, many people feel heard, accepted, and understood in ways they never have before. Secondly, examining the experience of our relationship begins to foster sensibilities and a depth of consciousness that illuminates long-standing emotional patterns. All of this has one purpose: to create an environment where people can safely and consciously explore those feelings and behaviors that brought them into his office. He believes that this way of working generates physical, emotional, or cognitive change that will bring them peace and healing.