My Approach to Helping
For the last 13 years, it has been my pleasure to work with a diverse population, primarily made up of individuals. I find that adults, young adults, and elders who are motivated to engage with the mystery of life have the greatest chance to find their own voice, engage with their true selves, and enact real and reliable change in their lives.
I work with people all along the age spectrum. Young adults in their early 30's and 40's on many issues, one of which is, what is being asked of me in this part of life? I work with adults in mid-life who need to ask the question again: what is my purpose or where am I going in life? And I work with elders who may have unfinished business or wish again to confront the recurring themes, mysteries, or other aspects of their lives.
Most therapies primarily skim the surface of what we know about ourselves and our inner resources, especially with regard to our hidden issues, intense concerns, and capacity for developing strength and resilience. For almost one hundred years, Jungian analysis and Jungian psychotherapy have worked carefully and deeply to help people from all backgrounds to live life more fully and to live the mystery of their lives. I help people get below their symptoms to understand what is really going on with themselves. Trained to listen, I work thoughtfully with all my clients. The feedback I receive is that people trust me, find I am honest with them and feel safe within each client hour.
I invite people to call me. We can arrange to speak over the phone for a brief period so you can sense if I might suit you and your goals in therapy.
More Info About My Practice
My life experience deeply informs my practice. Whether that experience was with difficulties and challenges in family of origin, marriage and relationship, or career change and transition, these events are my life teachers. After earning an MBA at Northwestern University in Evanston, and some years later, moving away from profit and not for profit work, I returned to graduate school in counseling psychology. Then I engaged in advanced graduate study at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland to train as a Jungian Analyst. I learned from life and from intense study in Zurich about the outlook, steadiness, and skills needed to help people through the valleys of their lives. Also, Zurich trained analysts are required to engage in hundreds of hours of their own therapy before they practice, an excellent thing for your therapist to have done.
Founded by Carl Jung (1875-1961), Jungian analysis is a longer-term form of psychotherapy. My focus of my practice involves developing a trustworthy, professional relationship between the client and myself. Our core work is talk therapy about how you are living your life and at its deepest, what meaning does it have for you. However, the Jungian approach may involve dream analysis (typically it does), art therapy, outside referral for body work, journaling, or other forms of self-expression. I encourage people who are motivated to work on themselves and with these modalities to contact me.
What Makes up a Problem?
I treat people and their problems. I don't confuse problems and pathology. Problems are the important thing in life. Here are some examples from people I've had in my practice:
A problem is something that keeps you awake at night. It irritates you. A problem may cause you to feel shame, guilt or grief. It may feel like a lost dream or missed chance in life. It can be something you'd rather forget but can't or won't. It may be a long-term pattern that causes trouble in life or interferes with life progress. Nightmares, night terrors, those are problem statements. A problem can be a small or large conflict between who you truly are and what you have been told to do or were taught to do in life. Problems can emanate from loss, sacrifice, an inner wound, an outer wound, or a dull feeling inside that all is not right with life. Problems are the human condition. I work with the human condition.