My approach to the work I do demands as large a vision as I can hold of what it is to be a human being living in a particular place, at a particular time, with a particular life story. This means, above all, that you and I are more than our momentary, sometimes long-established symptoms, what we usually call our problems. It means that who we are in our wholeness, beyond our sense of brokenness and isolation, is what belongs to each one of us as our greatest source of power. That power can be used for changing even our most challenging symptoms into an understanding of where we have come from and where we are going.
In a culture and era in which we have grown increasingly alienated from the natural rhythms of life and death, it is no surprise that so many of us suffer from ailments that have their origin in our failure to live in step with those rhythms. We experience it as a “missing something” though we are usually unable to say clearly what is missing. We often find that whatever activities we engage in, whatever paths we pursue, we eventually come away feeling our efforts have not brought us what we were seeking.
My work with each client is that of a co-researcher. We will look at and think about your experiences and hopes, form hypotheses, and together explore, in a way respectful of your needs and the pace at which you wish to go, how to find a way to greater harmony with the unique, natural rhythms that govern your inner and outer life.
I have been influenced by, and have made a part of my work, theoretical elements from a number of psychotherapeutic models: Person-Centered, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Relational Gestalt, psychodynamic, transpersonal, archetypal, Internal Family Systems and Process-oriented Psychology.