Psychotherapy

Orientation

My training in psychotherapy is grounded in the psychodynamic tradition of Jungian-based depth psychology. However, I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), family systems, dream analysis, and somatic therapy. The defining element of depth psychology is that it recognizes that beneath the conscious mind and the observable patterns of our behavior, the unconscious holds images, desires, and feelings, which express themselves through imagination, dreams, and unconscious motivation.

My work with children and teens encompasses this orientation, but it draws from therapeutic approaches such as somatic, art and play, relational, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

My Approach in Working With You

I personalize the experience of psychotherapy for each client. I believe psychotherapy should be positive, fun, and oriented to personal growth. What my practice does not offer is “counseling”, which is often a short-term strategy based on changing attitudes and behaviors through advice-giving or cognitive coaching. Rather, I am interested in working authentically with clients over the time required to resolve problems or unexpressed desire that underlie immediate and negative symptoms.

Once we have tasted far streams, found some limit beyond the waterfall, a season changes and we come back changed but safe, quiet, grateful.

William Stafford

I hope you will discover in working with me that psychotherapy can be a journey in which you will acquire new skills, gain insight, and experience deep resolution or healing.

Clientele

I work with children and teens (ages 6-16), individual adults, couples, and families.

Specialization

The areas of my specialization in working with clients include:

  • Trauma, and major life crises
  • Early childhood attachment
  • Depression, grief, and feelings of worthlessness
  • Anxiety, panic, and ADHD
  • Problems unique to children and teens, including issues with school, family, and peers
  • The special issues of men
  • Midlife crisis and the challenges of the 2nd half of life
  • Dream work
  • Spiritual growth and mindfulness