“No, you don’t have “multiple personalities” (probably). You just have a normal case of the human condition.”
~Dr. Michelle Álvarez

“Life is really confusing.”
~Julian, age 11 ½

The Honest Therapist

Hi. If you’ve landed here in your search for a therapist you’re likely, like Julian, a bit confused about some things (even if you’re 12 and up). You’re  trying to figure things out. You don’t know what to do about ___. Sometimes you think x, but other times you feel y. Part of you wants to do this, but another part of you thinks you should do that. Which one should win? You’re paralyzed.

No, you don’t have “multiple personalities” (probably) –you just have a case of the human condition. All of us have different sides of ourselves, different parts. The problem is when they don’t get along, or they want different things. Our goal here is to get them talking to each other and on the same page, making decisions together that make all the parts of you feel balanced and, well, happier.

In trying to find this elusive happiness, you’ve probably tried some things already, maybe a new partner, a new job, a move, a gym membership, psych meds, community yoga classes, retreats, prayer, a second honeymoon, retail therapy, self-medication… Maybe you’ve even tried psychotherapy before. And some of those things may have helped –but not enough. They were band-aids. Or maybe nothing has worked, and things have even gotten worse. Either way, you feel dissatisfied, unfulfilled, helpless, lost. Despite your best efforts, you are not happy with your life. Let’s see what we (all of us –your parts and mine) can do about it. Teamwork!

The type of therapy I’m obsessed wi– er… talking about is called IFS –Internal Family Systems. It’s existential, it’s thinky and symbolic, but also somatic and body-centered. It’s neuroscientific and research-based, but also a little woo… It goes back and tends to your “inner child.” (Does your inner child even know you’re all grown up now?) The family in question is the one that consists of all your different parts. This internal family works just like a real family system, with disagreements, different roles, alliances, fierce protectiveness –all the dynamics that exist in a group. The goal of this kind of therapy is to get your Self to be the leader, the whole, the sum of all parts –the one in the driver’s seat. How does that sound?

 

This is your one and only life*. Make it a good one.

*Well, maybe. Because reincarnation.

 

    

 

What don’t you like about your life, or about yourself? What do you wish was different? What do you want to change, but don’t know how to –or even what exactly it is?

To see whether we might be a good fit…

…reach out

Call me 828-82-PSYCH (828-827-7924)

or write me hello@drmichellealvarez.com

Dr. Michelle Álvarez

“The Asheville Therapist”

I wasn’t born in Asheville, but I got here as soon as I could.

I’m originally from Puerto Rico, and I spent most of my adult life living in New York City. But after visiting Asheville, I too was lured into moving here –and I’ve never looked back. It is a great place to live, among like-minded people, and it’s been a perfect place to build a practice that allows me to integrate all the things that I know can be transformative for a person –psychology, yoga, meditation, art, play… A practice that doesn’t dismiss or disregard the things you value, but rather incorporates and complements everything that you deem important for your physical, spiritual and mental health –your acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and spiritual practices, ayurveda, hiking, and whatever else you’re into.

More of my story…

After more than 16 years of experience working as a psychologist, mostly in hospitals and health centers, but also in a woman’s prison and in the VA, I finally feel free to be able to offer a holistic method for healing that addresses all facets of your wellbeing and provides you with everything that matters to you. An approach that works with your beliefs, your interests and your practices: TALKyoga©.

TALKyoga.

Almost as good as goat yoga!

TALKyoga works great with existential psychology, IFS, CBT, and all the other therapeutic approaches in my toolbox. It is especially powerful when we combine it with The Mandala of Happiness, a.k.a. The Mandala of Santosha©. It’s a clinical tool that I developed that will reveal to you exactly what’s keeping you unhappy, and will show us what we need to do to change that. If we decide to work together, it will even help show us the progress that we’re making in therapy, in a very concrete, visual way.

Want to know the exact reason(s) you’re unhappy? Ask The Mandala of Happiness.

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