Psychotherapist - ASW
“You’re perfect – and you could use a little improvement”. -Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center.
What brings us to therapy may be something we want to change or “fix” about ourselves or our relationships. Fortunately, on the human journey suffering is actually the call that wakes us up, because it creates an openness and desire to explore our lives. What we discover can be surprisingly beautiful: lost parts of ourselves, innate wisdom we didn’t know we had, a new sense of aliveness and freedom. My holistic approach is curious, intuitive and playful, as we collaborate to follow and trust the unique unfolding of your process. My goal as your therapist isn’t just to support you gaining insight into yourself and your relationships, but to help you reconnect to your vitality.
“I don’t think we are looking for meaning – I think we are looking for the experience of being alive!!” -Joseph Campbell.
Below are the basics of my practice. Please see my website for more detailed information.
I have experience in and enjoy working with:
• Those experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessions, phobias or recovering from substance use
• Trauma, both shock trauma and developmental trauma (abandonment, poor attachment, etc)
• Body/somatic symptoms including recurrent headaches, stomach pain and muscle tension
• Men who want to question the emotional prison of the “man box”
• Meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practitioners, and the issue of spiritual bypassing
• Artists, actors and athletes, and their various life transitions
• Couples with difficulties in communication, intimacy, infidelity and personal traumas
• Diverse/mixed cultural backgrounds, including immigrants and children of immigrants
• Adolescents in distress – it’s not just “rebellion”!
• Activists and those that struggle with the modern situation
The most important thing I bring to the work is my 15 years of experience in mindfulness and somatic meditation training and teaching. Mindfulness is a “container” of awareness which helps us to slow down and see our experiences more clearly. I bring these centuries-old practices of personal awareness, peace and transformative connection into my work with clients.
I also utilize my traditional psychodynamic clinical training at Columbia University; Somatic Experiencing® (SE), which is a powerful technique for working with the body for resolving trauma and the physical tension/stress of everyday life; Processwork, a Jungian-inspired approach which pays subtle attention to your whole experience, including conscious and unconscious body movements, your many internal parts, images, sounds, fantasies, dreams, body symptoms, and your relationships to your lovers, friends, family and society; and Non-Violent Communication (NVC), a powerful communication tool which can be used successfully in virtually any relationship.
Please call me for a free phone consultation to see if I’m a good fit for you.
Skills and Expertise
Chronic Pain or Illness
Mens Issues and Problems
Mindfulness based therapy
Trauma and PTSD
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Trauma Focused Therapy