My Approach to Helping
Find your own self. Be who you are. We will begin from where you are now on your uniquely personal individuation path. Our work together will be guided by your own psyche in participation with my deeply focused attention and unconditional positive regard. The aim is to work with you in collaboration and partnership, to restructure your perceptions and behaviors with powerful psychological tools. Problems from any area of your life can be brought to work on in psychotherapy, from difficulties in your daily life to troubling experiences from outside of the Space-Time Box.
More Info About My Practice
My goal is to empower you to be independent of me as your therapist, by preparing you with effective tools to continue examining your life and partnerships as you move forward on your life's journey. These tools include active imagination, following your dreams, and practicing mindfulness. Maintaining a practice of daily meditation is another tool to relieve disturbing emotional states and the thoughts that accompany them, like anger, fear, and doubt; and to examine and change negative thinking and habitual states of consciousness that lead to emotional illness. These practices support the healing process during your psychotherapeutic treatment and after therapy, using your strengthened skills to guide your continuing psychological movement toward self-actualization from within your own psyche as an organizing force.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
My path is the way of the Wounded Healer--always growing and searching for a way for the modern person to create a life guided by the wisdom of their own best self. The remarkable and wonderful goal of the Humanistic psychotherapist is to guide you to talk about your feelings and thoughts; and to help you express conflicting or disturbing emotions such as sadness, anxiety, and depression within the safety of the therapeutic hour. Without denying your own quest to become the best of who you are, you can stop trying to be what other people say you ought to be.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I always tell people that I have had two shocking experiences in my life that made me want to be a psychologist. The first one was to go from being a Marine in a system that advocates hurting others, to one that is based on healing others. The second experience was that when I was introduced to Humanistic Psychology in academia, I actually found a place where I could talk about love and the power of love to heal; and that the scientific basis of love is relationship-as-process, which holds the possibility of a breakthrough of love.