My Approach to Helping
Therapy is a way to connect with what is restorative and healing within us. Inherent in all of us is an instinct towards wholeness. By connecting with this longing and allowing its guidance, one can evolve a life which has a greater capacity for more aliveness.
Self negativity is the biggest challenge to the experience of feeling more alive. The purpose of a therapist is to create a trusting connection with a client so he or she can feel brave enough to question the authority of these negative patterns and to risk a more gentle and loving approach to the self..
More Info About My Practice
I have worked for 35 years as a psychotherapist; the majority of that time in private practice. I have a strong background in Jungian theory and in psychoanalytic theory as well as in creative arts theory. I try to have a unique perspective on each client and to think outside the box. Even those challenges that create the most pain have wisdom and guidance within their core.. It is important to be curious about what lies at the heart of our suffering rather than dismissing or avoiding it.
Dreamwork can be very helpful here as well as creative work like writing or art.. Guidance can come, as well, through working with an image that expresses how the interior life is shaped; how it feels, where it holds someone's love and hate. Most importantly. the experience of a reparative relationship with a therapist can change internal structures that limit connection and allow for a more alive and positive engagement with others.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
There any many different types of psychotherapy, and these different approaches meet different needs. I believe psychotherapy is a way to allow for deep change which involves adding more positive and loving internal places. This process needs time and commitment and a trusting relationship between client and therapist. This approach is not bandaid work or symptom relief. It is not short term. It is about unearthing buried feelings and including them in the emotional life. It is about questioning old beliefs about self and others and evolving new perspectives that are more supportive and positive. it is about deepening empathy and opening one's heart.