Renie Schoenkerman, MA, MFT


In a word, my approach to psychotherapy is about integration — integration of mind and body, integration of one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, one's hopes, dreams and expectations, and on and on.

Very often, we feel cut off from parts of ourselves. Maybe relationships are eluding us, or perhaps our careers aren't as fulfilling as we'd hoped. Sometimes there's some sort of symptom of this disconnect; either a feeling of sadness, or of being lost, or maybe we feel nothing at all. It can happen any number of ways, specific to each one of us.

Therapy, in my understanding, is best used to explore these rifts and begin to reintegrate on new terms, namely on ones which allow us to live in integrity with our true selves. As such, I use a variety of different techniques and draw from numerous theories and sources to find what will work best for each person.

Irv Yalom wrote that the best, most effective psychotherapy is reinvented each time, for each person, at each moment. I tend to agree.

Some of my favorite sources of inspiration are Carl Jung, Virginia Satir, Viktor Frankl, Fritz Perls, Edna Foa, Harry Tiebout, Mark Epstein, Murray Bowen, Pema Chodron, Dan Siegel, Louis Cozolino, Steve DeShazer, and, of course, Irv Yalom, to name a few.