My Approach to Helping
When I work with a client, I involve the whole person—mind, body, and soul. My clients are often struggling with such issues as change, loss, trauma, depression, or anxiety. Some clients are facing a new life circumstance. Others are in therapy for personal growth. I help clients find relief from their distress while also witnessing the transformation already taking place in what the poet Mary Oliver calls "the soft animal of your body."
In addition to being a psychotherapist, I am the former executive director of the Salt Institute, where I ran seminars and national conferences on psychology and culture. I am currently a tenured professor and a training candidate at the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. I offer short-term counseling, long-term psychotherapy, grief work, and group psychotherapy.
More Info About My Practice
Even Freud understood that psychotherapy is a cure through love--or, more exactly, a cure through the medium of empathy. Working together is a commitment. It means that we have chosen to encounter each other, and that I have chosen to undergo a journey with you and to understand your wounds and problems in the way you yourself experience them.
From the perspective of Depth Psychology, we all have a deep well of wisdom. We need to learn to tap into this deep well of wisdom when we face the big challenges of life. My job is to help you do that.
I do look forward to our first meeting and to beginning this important work together.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
A lot of the trendier psychotherapies work like a band aid, focusing on making symptoms disappear. Or on changing behavior while ignoring the root causes of our pain. Those therapies can be vitally important in relieving short-term distress, but they tend to have poor long-term outcomes. My own work--using Jungian, existential, and humanistic psychologies--is based on re-establishing a healthy relationship to the Self. In short, my job is to help you re-discover who you are.