In the Office
I see individuals, couples and families who seek to find resolution for a variety of issues. I most frequently assist people with issues of life transitions; self-identity; aging; addictions; sexual trauma and other trauma; and grief and loss.
The first few sessions are spent getting to know one another, gathering history, and deciding together what the goals and expectations will be for therapy.
I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients, in the hopes that this will help each individual tap into their own wisdom and courage. I find this a powerful way to access new understanding and develop the changes they wish to make.
How our work will proceed varies with the needs of each client and evolves over time. Some tools we may use include mindfulness and other meditative techniques; imaginal nurturing and other guided imagery; EMDR and other trauma techniques based on mind/body integration; internal family systems work; cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion management; and self-compassion practices. Please see the resource page for more information about these approaches.
Thought for the Month:
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” – The Talmud
It’s been difficult to gather together inspiration in a cogent way these past months. It felt as if my mind was caught in the swirl and chaos of the daily news feed, and it took all I had to walk through my day showing up for myself and my clients. Thankfully, after a restful week of being with family and friends and creating more space for reflection and self-care, balance has returned.
I have never, in my long career as a psychotherapist, had so many clients so deeply affected by the politics of the country and the events of the world. I have returned again and again to the long-standing wisdom that I trust entirely: kindness and compassion, with ourselves and others is the best way to move through and to move forward. It is easy to believe that more is needed, and perhaps there will be moments when more feels possible to reach for. It is also okay to keep it simple and be satisfied that any expression of goodness of heart – as simple as a friendly hello to the grocery store cashier; or as extensive as a day of protest or aiding a refugee – that any expression of kindness that greets our common humanity – is of benefit to yourself and the world.
There is a deeply meaningful creation story in the mystical tradition of Judaism that was beautifully told recently by Rachel Naomi Remen being interviewed by Krista Tippit on her podcast, On Being. Here are her words: “In the beginning, there was only the Holy darkness, the Source of Life. At a moment in time, the world of a thousand thousand things, this world, emerged from the Holy darkness as a great ray of light. And then there was an accident. The vessels containing the light of the world, the whole of the world, broke. The wholeness of the world, the light of the world, was scattered into thousands and thousands fragments of light and they fell into all events, all people. They remain deeply hidden there until this very day. According to my grandfather, who relayed this story on my fourth birthday, the whole human race is a response to this accident. We are here because we are born with the capacity to find the hidden light in all events and all people. To lift it up and make it visible once again and restore the innate wholeness of the world. In this way, we heal the world one heart at a time.”
May you find your true path.
May you love who you are.
May your light shine.