A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly . . . — Rumi
Have you ever felt there are parts of you that you don’t know very well, or at all? Psychologist C.G. Jung believed that there is more to us than just our ego (the person we refer to as “I”). The less we know of ourselves, the more the unknown parts can take over and rule our lives, often in ways that sabotage our best intentions. Jung said, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
Jungian psychotherapy (also known as “depth psychotherapy”) helps put you in touch with those unknown parts of yourself. I will guide you in exploring the images in your dreams, help you listen carefully to the “irrational” parts of yourself that you normally tend to silence, and adopt a symbolic attitude toward your everyday life events. This endeavor is usually a long-term process that is aimed not at alleviating symptoms but at deep, lasting transformation. We will get curious, and we will get creative. The journey may not be an easy ride, but if you commit yourself to it, your life will take on meaning and purpose in ways you had never dreamed possible.
Interested in learning more about the Jungian/depth approach? A good place to start is listening to some of the podcasts at This Jungian Life , in which three Jungian analysts discuss a variety of topics from a Jungian, symbolic perspective. Here is another helpful description of the background of Jungian psychology and the process of analytic therapy. I am currently in training with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts to become a Certified Jungian Analysts; one of the most important parts of this training is the trainee’s own analytic process of individuation. If you choose to engage in a Jungian analytic process with me, you will get the benefit of working with someone not only deeply immersed in the study of Jungian theory and practice but also actively engaged in her own therapeutic process of personal growth.
Psychotherapy for Women’s Empowerment
Are you struggling with the demands of motherhood or the changes of menopause? Dealing with the pain of a miscarriage or infertility? Hurting from a past loss or break-up? Coping with a chronic illness? Are you wondering, through it all, what it might look like to become truly, uniquely yourself? If you are like many women, you may feel disconnected, isolated, and lonely even though you rarely have a single moment to yourself. You may find yourself scrambling to fulfill myriad obligations, only to find yourself exhausted and depleted.
I get it, and I’m here.
One of my greatest passions is empowering women not only to survive but to flourish. And most importantly, to embody their truest self. Through mindfulness and creativity, you will learn how to nurture your mind and soul by reconnecting with what healer Marion Woodman calls “your greatest gift”— your body, in all its pain, truth, and wisdom.
Creative Writing Depth Coaching [NEW!]
It was my own journey through creative writing and performance (creating my “personal myth”) that led me, unexpectedly, to a career as a therapist. If you feel called to write, or simply are interested in getting to know yourself through creative exploration on the page, I can provide you a guiding structure and safe container for personal and creative growth. Drawing on both my 18 years of experience as a creative writing professor and my decade-long studies in depth psychology, I will work with you in a combination of in-person or phone consultations, written feedback, reading assignments, and writing experiments. In our first conversation, we would together determine goals and structure. Nonetheless, once we begin the work it is of utmost importance to allow for the unfettered flow of ideas so that you may, as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke said, “give birth to your images.” And as author Susan Tiberghian claims, “With our words we give life to what we see, what we touch, what we hear. We bridge the visible world and the invisible world. We find the butterfly that speaks to us of the soul.” I would be truly honored to help you in this discovery.
Psychotherapy for Individuals
Every individual has a unique path. I use a tailored approach for each person based on their specific needs and place in life. My expertise includes working with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, chronic pain and illness, and childhood trauma. Evidence shows that it is the relationship between client and therapist, rather than the therapist’s specific technique, that is most effective at healing. I strive to be authentic and present at all times. What happens between us–- therapist and client–- is the most important factor for your personal growth. As I help you develop coping skills for life’s challenges, I will also pay the utmost attention to seeing you and providing a safe and trustworthy environment that will enable you to flourish.
Psychotherapy for Men
“Our society has long treated men as machines, as bodies expendable in
the name of progress or profit. Men have overruled their pain and soul’s
delight, taught to think of themselves as ‘mechanisms.’ Such an
estrangement wounds very deeply.” –James Hollis, Jungian analyst
In my work with men, I have witnessed the agonizing truth of this statement. My task in working with them has become a journey of reunion with soul, of coming home to Self as one finds an identity not subsumed by work or exclusive value as “provider.” Although this journey is painful at first, it can lead to a glorious sense of fun, and joy in “mere being.”
Counseling for College Students and Younger Adults
Being a teen or younger adult comes with very particular challenges. I have over a decade of experience working in a college environment. I know that as young people seek to embody their own unique identity, they benefit from having a safe space of non-judgment. My practice provides a sounding board for teens and younger adults to better cope with their lives as they explore academic issues, personal identity, relationships with friends and family, sexuality, and career paths, among other concerns.
Relationships can seem to have their own lives sometimes, apart from the efforts of each individual inhabiting them. I can guide you and your partner to achieve your relationship goals through a process of mutual mindful exploration. You will gain insight into the dynamics of your interactions and learn how your unique personalities and communication styles influence each other.
Creative Writing Group Therapy
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Looking to develop your writing AND improve your self? This group is for anyone who wants to engage in self-exploration using therapeutic writing techniques in a safe, confidential environment. Writing will take place during the biweekly group meetings as well as between sessions. Group size limited to ensure consistency and safety. Please inquire if interested, to firstname.lastname@example.org