Patricia is a Ph.D., J.D. psychologist in private practice in New York City and a certified teacher of the Diamond Approach. She has a Ph.D. from New York University, and received analytic training in the psychology of early life development (narcissism) at The Training and Research Center for Self Psychology (TRISP) where she is a supervising analyst. Her work emphasizes the transformational aspect of psychotherapy, focusing on healing, change and growth. She brings a wide array of skills and training to her work —traditional classical training as well as modern adjunctive modalities such as Ericksonian hypnosis, Rubenfeld Synergy Work, cognitive therapy, Imago Therapy, psychodrama, craniosacral therapy, body-mind modalities, EMDR for trauma reduction, attachment theory, 12-Step work for addiction and codependency recovery and others. Her work is informed by a holistic view-- mind, spirit, body, as well as emotions. She has been a student of the Diamond Approach for over 20 years and is now a certified teacher in that school. This orientation allows for an opening of the human spirit to the deepest levels of basic reality, the essence of who we are, beyond all constructed notions of self. She has an unshakable belief in the self-healing orientation of the individual. She brings intelligence coupled with sensitive attunement and deep engagement in the process of healing and growth.
"I believe in the integration of body, mind and spirit, and hold as a goal of therapy the growth of the Individual and the integration of all the parts of the self. A warm and empathetic stance contributes to the healing process. Rather than seeing therapy as a means of simply avoiding the pain, I work with people to enable them to live through their own inner reality, and make peace with their feelings, their past, their inner selves. I have a solid grounding in psychological theory and bring knowledge and skill of many adjunct modalities. Together, we can work toward healing. That is how the journey begins!" — Patricia Simko
Body —The body is our deepest identification. We truly believe that we ARE the body. We must respect this identification and honor the body. It is our vehicle, our location, our home for awhile. It is what makes us human, and it allows us to connect with other. Of all the animals, we are the only who connect with others with heart against heart. The body carries our most vital earthly mandates—to survive, to reproduce —and it is the location of the totality of our unconscious. We work with the body to relax, to welcome, to be open to and receive its deepest wisdom, to understand and honor.
Mind —The mind is our 'front office,' that which allows us to communicate, relate, understand, protect, make meaning. The mind hews from the vastness of primal experience those specific words that allow us to communicate and relate. In its highest form, the mind is brilliancy, informed with heart and belly as well. The mind is in service of the individual’s development. But it is also capable of achieving great heights of insight and creativity that are in service to all of humanity. It is also known that with care, the individual mind can access the higher mind, the universal mind, source of higher truth.
Spirit/Soul —The Spirit is the individual consciousness that manifests as a particular person, as us. It is often called the 'soul;' it is our essential nature, the spark of consciousness that exists before and beneath personality. Spirit is our essence, our Being that is hard-to-grasp, hard-to-define but a familiar place within, which underlies and informs us in a profound place. It is permeable, receptive, transparent, living, pulsing and as such, it is an expression of life itself. Spirit has a universe of its own, a home with many mansions, all available to us for guidance and wisdom.