Sometimes life gets really challenging and frustratingly difficult to change. Sometimes we can't find a way out of old patterns. And sometimes even if we have the support of loved ones, it takes more than a good friend to be able to change one's life.
Fortunately, good therapy actually works and you can stop struggling on your own. Exploring with someone who knows the depths of the human experience and how to facilitate long lasting change makes a real difference. I will not fool you and say it's an easy or quick process. Altering patterns that we have practiced for years takes time, but the good news is profound change is possible.
I am here to join you in an engaged and active way, supporting and facilitating you to know more of yourself and the world. Here is a list of issues I work with, but truthfully I write this list only so you might find yourself amidst it. In actuality, I work with a wide range of human experiences that goes beyond the limits of words and categorization. I welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, genders and sexual preferences.
Sometimes, the person you once loved can feel like a stranger or even an enemy. Fortunately, couples counseling can foster concrete change and bring relief to old dynamics. If you are struggling with your partner and wish to feel like a team again, I believe I can help.
We all know how messy relationships can be behind closed doors. Bringing a therapist into your relationship for help and showing them the messiness can be intimidating. My passion and expertise is in fully exploring those difficulties with you and your partner, and helping you both find your way out.
Joining people in the depths of their psyche often takes us to the depths of ours. Although I greatly value psychological theory, I find that usually the real difficulties in our work arise not from a lack of knowledge, but from the moments where our personal histories prevent us from being able to be, feel and freely think about our clients.
As such, I believe in consultation that marries a deep exploration of what is happening with the client, with what is happening within us. Rather than an inquiry into what more could be said or done, I am interested in how our internal landscapes prevent us from easily joining our clients. In my experience, consultation in this form is far more personally evocative and rewarding. By knowing something new in ourselves we are able to know something new in our clients, and that changes everything.
Tom Ogden, Donald Winnicott and Antonino Ferro have been the most influential practicioners in my own understanding of the human psyche and how change occurs. I am also greatly influenced by Hakomi and EFT.
Group consultation can easily become an over-stimulating experience as we are told by multiple people with varying ideas how we should be doing something different with our clients. In my experience we do not need more ideas about what to do with our clients. We need other minds and psyches to come to experience our clients anew and show us how to be with them in fuller ways.
To do effective therapy is to be scared and not know what is happening. Finding confidence in the midst of these dark corners allows us to not just tolerate, but ultimately thrive within these realms of insecurity. This group aims to help you inhabit these intense dynamics of clinical struggle with grace.
Sharing our cases and listening to other’s feedback is almost always emotionally provocative. What gets provoked within us can be extremely insightful and helpful to the case, but we have to feel safe enough to fully share, explore and harness these inner experiences or ‘countertransferences’. Therefore it is necessary that the group is safe enough for us to communicate what is evoked and thus support us each to be able to more fully share our clients’ struggles as well as our own struggles as therapists.
Emotional safety within the group also allows the listeners to be able to share their darker reactions, which are often keys to helping the presenter to move beyond their current stuck or habituated dynamic with the client. Often as practitioners, we can not see beyond our fixed patterns of relating because of an unconscious mechanism that we collude with our clients to avoid. An attuned and safe group has the freedom and bandwidth to be able to bring these unconscious corners into the light.
In order to support a deeper dialogue about our clients and our work, we discuss one client for several weeks. This allows us to more fully digest the clients experience and discuss what we are really doing in our work.
Contact me if you are interested in joining the group and we can further discuss if it is the right fit for you.
Having a thriving psychotherapy practice, doing what you love with confidence, while being financially successful can feel truly unattainable. But it isn’t. A good private practice internship can set you up to have all these things.
The therapist training process is quite arduous, but it often leaves people doubting themselves as practitioners and ill-equipped for the task of setting up a new business. To be a successful therapist, we have to develop strong clinical skills, and ever-growing personal awareness and solid business tools.
In order to help associates develop these three areas, I marry a deep clinical exploration of what we are actually doing as therapists, with a personal exploration of how to build one's confidence and self-awareness as a healer, while concurrently providing a thorough review of the concrete marketing and business skills to fill your practice.
Obviously finding a supervisor who is the right fit is very important. If it sounds like I might be the person for you, call me and we can assess if we are a good match for one another.