Dr Patricia Hunter is an integrative psychologist and psychoanalyst. She was originally trained in applied behavior analysis in WV and California, and was at the forefront of the cognitive behavior revolution, working with Albert Ellis in NYC. While working with sexually abused children at a clinic, she wanted to learn more about the distinction between real life events that happened to children versus what had been considered solely the province of the child's fantasy life, and she studied interpersonal psychoanalysis at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. Curious, then, about how our famiies can also affect us, she studied Family and Couples Therapy at the NYU Postdctoral Institute in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She currently teaches a course in Object Relations, (which explores how our earliest childhood experiences determine our adult attachment styles) at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. Highly skilled in IFS (Internal Family Systems) as well as EMDR, Dr Hunter believes this combination of experiences empowers her to help her patients become more alive and hopeful about themselves and their futures, more able to create a life they can genuinely call their own. Interested in pushing herself to keep up with changes in the field, Dr Hunter is currently studying AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Processing), a cutting edge therapy approach that focuses more intensively than most therapies, on embracing one's own emotional experience. During and since the pandemic she has presented papers on politics, identity, psychoanalysis and couples therapy at national and international conferences.
“While many of us work hard to earn the right to be comfortable and avoid challenge in later adulthood, this strategy runs the risk of sending our brains the message that they no longer need to keep growing this is the worst message you can give to an organ of adaptation.”
People can get down on themselves as they age, and develop bad habits that become ingrained. Self-statements like "I am no longer attractive" - "I have no memory anymore" - "It's hell to get old."- "I am no longer sexy"- "I have nothing to look forward to but death." can start out a little bit at a time and build on themselves until you become them! And this is unnecessary in this day and age of modern medical miracles. These statements can be modified by speaking with someone who 'gets' you, and eventually helps you, to understand yourself. Dream work and EMDR can awaken your mind, and your unconscious can begin to dream new dreams and become more supple, more creative, more energized. Yes it's true that we slow down a little as we age, and I am not suggesting we stop the process, but rather grow and flourish through it. How we think about ourselves make a gigantic difference in how we conduct our lives. Let's help you to develop new ways of thinking, and behaving, that empower you and help you master your environment, rather than letting the negative prejudices undermine your attitude. In doing so you can transform your present and future, whether it involves days, years, or decades.