when this has taken place, then, and only then
does the world change.
~ Martin Buber
To facilitate this process, I aspire to create an environment of trust and confidence in which we engage the psyche and where one's inner world of thoughts, feelings, images, fantasies and dreams can be fully expressed, explored and reflected upon with compassion and non-judgment.
My philosophy of therapy is inspired and informed by the theories and ideas of the Swiss Psychiatrist, C.G. Jung, in whom I have found a seemingly limitless context within which to observe and understand the drama of human life. I have also been deeply influenced by the writings of Jung's prolific protege then colleague, Marie-Louise von Franz, as well as a contemporary pioneer of Depth Psychology, James Hillman; the father of Archetypal Psychology.
Of particular interest to me are Jung's formulations for relating to and understanding Dreams, Archetypes, Creation Mythology and the principle and experience of Synchronicity. In addition, I also have an eye to Eastern wisdom traditions exemplified in the practice of Mindfulness Meditation, Buddhist philosophy, Yoga and the Archetypal Images and Commentaries of the I Ching.
Drawing from these wells of insight, other psychotherapeutic modalities, and from my own life experience, I practice the art of interpretation in the service of meaning-making. My practice is devoted to working with adults in long-term Jungian Analysis as well as shorter-term, Analytic Psychotherapy.
To be sure, exploring one's inner life can be difficult and the journey long, but with patience, perseverence and gentle encouragement, the effort can lead to wider consciousness, a renewed sense of personal meaning and greater wisdom. Subsequently, maturation and growth of the personality quickens, mental health improves and psychological suffering diminishes.
Although, I have considerable experience with a broad range of issues, I have particular expertise and interest in problems of suffering regarding:
~ Personal, vocational, sexual or spiritual
~ Self-esteem fluctuations
~ Relational dynamics including divorce
~ A life experience lacking depth, meaning, intimacy,
or sense of community
Furthermore, I also work with individuals who may not necessarily be in immediate need but who possess a deep respect for, or curiosity about, the commentaries and messages imbedded in their dreams. They desire a deeper conversation about the meaning of dreams in relation to the more profound questions of their lives.
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
Always you must take what is nearest at hand,
no matter how unpromising,
and accept it
as the only and therefore best thing you can do
and by sheer hard work
transform it into the thing you need.
~ C.G. Jung