We all face personal and relationship challenges, which can cause us to build up defenses and avoid the steps we need to take to begin the healing process. Whether you are looking for personal growth or a way to heal your emotional wounds, the right therapist can help you identify, explore and understand your struggles on a deeper level. I see counseling as an opportunity for you to recognize and address the emotional, physical and spiritual roots behind the challenges you are facing.
In my practice and life, I believe in and live a holistic approach to healing. I have personally experienced the benefits of therapy that addresses mind, body and spirit in my own relationships and personal life. I recognize and work on the causes behind my struggles and issues, developing solutions, understanding and healing the causes of my uncertainties and pain rather than focusing on obstacles. As a therapist, I’ve also witnessed the profound impact a holistic approach can have on individuals, for couples and within family systems as a whole. My aim is to help you see that there is nothing wrong with you; you makes sense given where you come from and the experiences you have had in your life. Your situation and the challenges you face can be understood and healed.
In our sessions, we will use a variety of approaches to understand and treat the root causes, not just the symptoms, of your issues. We can address why you may feel mentally, emotionally, physically, energetically or spiritually out of alignment. Physical symptoms, such as illness and pain, are often emotionally based, and while a singular approach may treat symptoms, the root cause continues to fester. A combination of therapy techniques designed to address you as a whole person allows you to understand your situation in an emotional, physical and spiritual context. I believe that this deeper exploration and understanding allows for meaningful and sustainable healing and growth.
I enjoy working with individuals and couples, and I find working with couples to be a passion of mine. For more than 20 years, I’ve been helping individuals and couples get to the core of their issues, improve communication, increase levels of connection and develop more depth and passion in their relationships. I firmly believe that we subconsciously choose partners who trigger and challenge us in profound ways in order to heal old wounds. Through exploring old wounds and how deep-seated emotions play out in romantic relationships, you’re better able to understand yourself and your partner as you enhance intimacy, get to the heart of the conflicts and find new paths toward healing and harmony.
We all face challenges in our relationships and personal lives, which is why it is important to take time for self care and things you are passionate about. I became a therapist because I like helping people, whether it is through my work with clients, other therapists or in running training programs at the Hartford Family Institute.
The right therapist and an approach that addresses your total self – emotional, spiritual and physical – can help you experience a fulfilling relationship with yourself and others and enjoy a more satisfying life. If you are ready to begin your journey toward growth or healing, I invite you to call (860) 258 – 4113 to discuss how I can help.
Dr. Dori Gatter earned her Psy.D. from The Graduate Theological Foundation. She earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University in New Hampshire and her BA in Psychology from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of the Hartford Family Institute’s Body-Centered Gestalt Professional Training Program. She has additional training in Imago Relationship Therapy and has co-authored two books, including a children’s book that teaches children how to relate to their emotions. Dori runs workshops and speaks about transformation and relationships. She has been interviewed on NBC Channel 30 News.