My Approach to Helping
I consider counseling a profound relationship between people seeking to know ourselves and create lives of depth, meaning, and gratitude. I believe that change occurs when we sink beneath our stories about why we are the way we are and into the emotional and bodily felt senses of life. Rather than "fixing" ourselves, we access the wellsprings of wisdom and insight contained within the heart and body and allow that to guide ourselves into new, enlivening ways of being.
More Info About My Practice
I love working with issues around manhood and masculinity, with any person who identifies those as pertinent issues. I have extensive experience working with queer folks, trans folks, polyamorous and kinky folks. My holistic approach includes our inner depths; our spiritual potential; and the larger economic, political, and social systems in which we live.
My Role as a Therapist
My role is to create a trusting, safe, confidential space in which you can explore your inner experience and know yourself more deeply and profoundly. Sometimes this means holding silence, sometimes asking questions, sometimes reflecting what it is I'm seeing, and sometimes this is about offering directive interventions such as guided meditations. I want to support you in finding where you are stuck, questioning unhelpful beliefs about yourself, and getting energy moving again.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I work with the medical model of mental illness but with a critical distance. I work with the Jungian notion that our "symptoms" are creative attempts by our psyche to solve a deeper problem. Rather than get rid of "symptoms", I want to work with those experiences to help them guide us to the bigger changes that need to occur to resolve deeper underlying problems.