“Awareness is curative.”
“Know thyself”—The Oracle at Delphi
Clients often come to psychotherapy when nearly everything else they have tried hasn’t worked. Some of the issues that have brought clients to therapy include:
- Loneliness and isolation
- Grief related to the death of a loved one, a break up, or life change
- Losing a job or getting promoted
- Difficulty feeling their own emotions—positive or negative
- Trouble finding or sustaining an intimate relationship
- Perfectionism—at home/work
- Conflict avoidance
- Jealousy and envy
- Rage and/or anger management
- Anxiety, worrying, mental fixations
- Depression and melancholia
- Relationship issues
- Embarrassment and shame
- Existential angst—a general sense that something isn’t quite right in their life
- Work/life balance concerns
- Parenting issues
I provide a safe, warm environment in which clients can explore what they are currently experiencing and what may be getting in the way of deeper satisfaction and flow. I work with my clients to understand how their own personal life histories may be impacting their ability to see themselves, and the world around them.
One of the primary tenets of Gestalt psychotherapy is that awareness has a curative effect on our lives. Getting to know how we think, and what we feel, and how we habitually behave and perceive the world is the first step toward growth. As Moshe Feldenkreis suggested, “we cannot change what we do until we know what we habitually do.”
To this point, my work with clients is often focused on increasing their self-awareness and teaching them how to be more mindful of their own moment-to-moment experience as well as the intelligence that lies deep within them. I seek to help them find new ways of experiencing the world, though often this is not by going around, but through, painful or difficult life histories.
My clients describe me as a kind, warm, challenging therapist. I understand that seeing a therapist might be a difficult and humbling decision for some. For others, the decision is less painful and based more out of curiosity. Whatever your process, I respect your need for emotional safety and support as well as the need to be challenged to move beyond old patterns that are limiting. This is our work together.