Philip Takakjian, PhD

Well trained, thoroughly experienced (30+ yrs.) expert clinician with a number of specialties including Trauma, Addiction and Psychosomatic Disorders. My treatment is informed by an East/West, Mind/Body perspective. Attention is paid to mind/thoughts, body/emotions and psychosomatic conditions. Deeply held issues and trauma from the past and the present get trapped in the body leading to psychological and psychiatric reactions.

Psychosomatic Psychotherapy combines Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ITP) with Zen Buddhist teachings and practices developed from 20+ years of meditation experience. Successful treatment helps clients reduce mental and physical suffering and discover and then live from their True Self and their Unbound True Nature. This therapy model provides an excellent foundation for most traditional psychotherapies. I created this treatment protocol 5 years ago and it’s proven quite effective.

We start by telling our story. We go at a slower pace than usual and we pay special attention to the emotionally important parts of the story, e.g. talking to our mother, worrying about work, conflict in a relationship, etc. Here we pause and direct our attention to our abdomen and ask, “How do/did I feel about this or that or him or her?” Then we wait. We don’t rush to answer the question with our heads, we wait for an answer to slowly arise from our bodies. We are bypassing our intellectual defenses and asking our body what’s really going on.

Then we just feel (not analyze!) that feeling the energy in our bodies until the feeling dissolves or almost completely dissolves usually within 5 minutes. Lastly, we scan our bodies for any lingering areas of tightness or tension in places like the stomach, chest, throat, head, jaw, neck, or face. When we discover where we’re holding stress and somaticized emotion we feel these areas until the tensions/tightness/emotion dissolves usually within 5 minutes. Developing a greater capacity to feel also provides critical insight into our issues.

The overall goal is to unblock emotion and reduce dangerous inflammation by metabolizing emotions and somatic constrictions in the body. When these goals are met mental and physical symptoms are significantly reduced. The ultimate goal is to help the client fully integrate mind and body. thoughts and feelings and to live a more stable, natural and wholehearted life.