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I am available to work with adults and with adolescents, ages 16 and up.
Under most circumstances we would meet for a minimum of one fifty-minute session per week. While our sessions would generally happen in person, telephone and/or Skype sessions are also available.
A vital part of doing therapy is the relationship between you and your therapist—it is important that you feel comfortable with me in order for us to establish the trust necessary to work on deep and personal issues. As such, I welcome any questions you may have and invite you to schedule an initial consultation.
SOME ISSUES THAT MAY BE ADDRESSED IN THERAPY
Depression & Anxiety
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress)
Intimacy & Relationships
Spiritual & Religious Crises
LGBTQ & Gender Identity Issues
Body Image Issues
Guilt & Shame
THE PROCESS OF THERAPY
Healing can happen on many levels in mind, body, and soul. It can dramatically change your life for the better, and at times can also be challenging process.
Initially we focus on the issues or concerns that brought you into therapy. We would then work together at revealing and resolving the unconscious factors or the life issues that contribute to these problems. This might involve work with complexes and shadow, elements that frequently get expressed through some form of conflict, for example difficulties at work, problematic relationships, or creativity blocks. Sometimes it might include dream analysis where we explore the symbols and hidden meanings of your dreams or imaginings.
WORKING WITH adolescents
Adolescents may benefit from therapy if they are experiencing struggles at home or in school, when there are issues with problematic behaviours or if they are experiencing challenges in their peer relationships. Children respond in varying ways to developmental stresses, traumas, or adjustments to major life changes such as divorce or loss. An integral part of any child’s journey is the development of ego-strength and an independent personality. However, events or circumstances that children are not developmentally equipped to handle can overwhelm the emerging ego, often creating a web of seemingly unrelated problems.
Adolescents face a unique range of experiences and challenges and often need support around understanding their feelings as well as navigating the challenges and choices that come with greater freedom and increased responsibility. Developmentally adolescents are not fully developed in their cortical capacity, consequently this can increase risky or impulsive behaviors, adding to their already substantial stressors. Once a positive rapport is established, adolescents can benefit enormously in being able to talk openly with a trusted adult.
PSYCHODYNAMIC & JUNGIAN PSYCHOTHERAPY
Jungian psychotherapy is a method pioneered by the Swiss psychiatrist, C.G. Jung (1875-1961) and subsequently developed by many others all over the world who were influenced by his groundbreaking work. It explores the deep unconscious as it is revealed in dreams, imagination, creativity, as well as experiences of the self and relationships. Its goal is to develop understanding and acceptance of the individual as a whole, including both conscious and unconscious experience. Jung's search for understanding led him to explore the interface between psychology, history, culture, philosophy, and religion. In the process, he developed a number of seminal ideas – such as persona, shadow, complex, archetype and individuation.
Psychodynamic therapy is an eclectic approach, deriving largely out of Jung’s work, but also embraces Freudian Psychoanalysis, Self Psychology, Ego Psychology, & Relational therapies. A central concept is that some maladaptive (and largely unconscious) functioning is at work, impeding the natural unfolding towards a meaningful or fulfilling life. Healing happens when these unconscious forces are brought to consciousness and integrated into the personality, releasing the energy that had been used to maintain the maladaptive functioning.
SHORT TERM COUNSELING
Short term therapy is an option if you only want or require a limited number of sessions or if you want to address a specific issue. You may also decide on infrequent or as needed sessions for the same reason. Some people start with short term counseling before deciding whether they want to go on to longer term psychotherapy.
There is sometimes an overlap between short term counseling and coaching, as short term work is generally goal oriented and focused on specific, identifiable outcomes. Longer term therapy can frequently help you to fully integrate into your life the insights that you have gained in short term counseling. While there are obviously advantages to regular or more frequent sessions or longer term work, benefit may still be had from this kind of short term counseling, not to mention the flexibility it offers in today's environment.
TELEPHONE & ONLINE therapy
While there is no complete substitute for face to face contact, counseling over the telephone or Skype offers a number of the usual benefits of psychotherapy. Thoughts, experiences and feelings can still be communicated and related to meaningfully, issues explored and support provided.
Telephone counseling can be useful if the appointment cannot be kept for practical reasons or if the distance is occasionally a problem. If you wish to have the sessions over the phone as an ongoing arrangement, that is also possible. The fee and cancellation period are the same.
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There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.
-Rainer Maria Rilke-