I bring over twenty-five years of experience as a psychotherapist, privileged to have worked with a wide range of people from various walks of life, diverse perspectives and cultures. I draw from a rich range of theory and evidence-based techniques to more effectively craft a treatment plan responding to your unique needs and goals. I welcome your symptoms and struggles as precise messages from a soul that seeks greater care and deeper understanding. I live my calling with a commitment to deep listening, passionate curiosity and faithful seeking of the fullest possible unfurling of the self that you were born to be.
This line of poetry by Mary Oliver captures the inquiry that grounds my work, an approach that has emerged out of my basic trust in the goodness of humanity and my deep faith in that "divine spark" within each of us. That same mysterious force that whether with a tender nudge or a rough shove, persistently leads us towards greater consciousness. In my view, the central task of healing and development is to create greater inner (and outer) unity and peace by discovering and honoring the unconscious forces that have previously driven us without our full awareness. As we bring them to greater consciousness, we open up the opportunity for new, more updated and empowered decisions. I see my work with you as a lively collaboration and dynamic co-creative process between client and practitioner.
As Emily Dickinson writes, "Forever is composed of nows" and in these troubled and frenetic times, we often postpone attending to our inner lives or soul work, believing that there are more pressing concerns and that we can "get to it" later. We may be frustrated or even shocked that our lives have begun to lack vitality or color and instead feel empty and meaningless. When our soul atrophies due to trauma, depression or our own busyness and subsequent neglect, we may begin to feel empty, unanchored or lost.
These types of experiences often indicate that a "course correction" is needed. We may be asking ourselves the big questions such as "Is this all there is?" "Why am I here?" "What is the gift or contribution I am meant to impart in this life?" Working to heal and enhance embodiment and imagination are two means by which ensoulment might be restored. During such a time, we may need an expert navigator, one who has traveled his or her own rough seas and who possesses the courage and skill to support us in our own unique and individual journey.
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