Dr. Philip Takakjian

Meet Dr. Philip Takakjian at Mind-Body Care in Mountain View, CA

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Dr. Philip Takakjian, PhD at Mind-Body Care in Mountain View, CA
Philip Martin Takakjian
PhD
Dr. Philip Takakjian, PhD at Mind-Body Care in Mountain View, CA
Dr. Philip Takakjian
PhD

I am a well-trained, thoroughly experienced (30+ yrs.) expert clinician with a number of specialties, including Trauma/PTSD, Addiction, and Psychosomatic Disorders. My treatment is informed by an East/West, Mind/Body model. Attention is paid to the mind and thoughts as well as the body/emotions. Deeply held issues and trauma from the past and present get trapped in the body, leading to chronic inflammation and psychiatricand physical symptoms and conditions

Psychosomatic Psychotherapy combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy with Zen Buddhist teachings and practices developed from 20+ years of meditation experience. Successful treatment helps clients reduce inflammation by improving stress management and unblocking emotions thereby reducing mental and physical suffering. Through greater emotional and somatic awareness we discover and then begin to live from our True Self and our unbound True Nature.  

We begin 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  bodies  what’s really going on. 

Then we just feel (not analyze!) that feeling in our bodies until the feeling dissolves or almost completely dissolves, usually within 5 minutes. Last, 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 emotions, we feel these areas until the tension/tightness/emotion dissolves, usually within 5 minutes. Developing a greater capacity to feel also provides critical and deeper insight into our issues. The overall goal is to unblock emotions and reduce dangerous inflammation by metabolizing and processing emotions and somatic constrictions in the body. Along the way, we are also challenging old, disempowering stories and replacing them with more accurate, empowering narratives. When treatment integrates the cognitive, emotional, and somatic dimensions of our conditions, mental and physical symptoms are significantly reduced. The ultimate goal is to help the client fully integrate mind and body, and thoughts and feelings, so as to live a more holistic, natural, and wholehearted life.