Here is an introduction to where you are, and to what I do here as a psychotherapist. "Psychotherapy" is an ancient word that means "soul-healing." Psychotherapy is a way to know your self deeply, and in so doing, change your life in a meaningful way.
Whether you want to change your life, and how you want to change it, is for us to discover together. I won't analyze, judge, or tell you what to do. I will tell you honestly what I think, and trust you to do with that whatever you choose to do. I may offer experiments or practices to support your self-discovery and guide our future directions.
My goal for a first meeting is simply to get to know you, give you a chance to get to know me, and at the end of our hour make a recommendation of how I might be of help. We may decide to work together one-on-one, or invite members of your family or other people in your life, or work with a therapy group. If either of us feels that you need a different kind of professional help, or a different therapist, I can help you search.
During their lives, people often:
- Search for balance in relationships (intimacy, isolation, conflict)
- Search for balance in emotions (depression, anxiety, anger, addiction)
- Search for direction and meaning in life
- Search to live with loss and life transitions
- Search to resolve trauma and abuse
- Search to survive adolescence
- Search for balance in identity (self-image, gender, sexual identity)
- Search to resolve professional distress (military, police, health care professionals, and others)
Psychotherapy may be done;
individually, focusing on the inner life of one person,
as a couple or family, focusing on the relationships between people,
or in groups, drawing on the strength of shared experiences and similar challenges.