Have compassion on everyone you meet
Even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit,
Bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign
Of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.
You do not know what wars are going on
Down there where the spirit meets the bone.
-MILLER WILLIAMS, “Compassion”
Psychotherapy is a compassionate space in which the things we carry inside may be known and thought about. Where complaint and want are not dismissed, and apprehension can tell its side of things. Where we are not alone in our efforts to bear what is difficult and make sense of our experience.
In psychotherapy we begin where you are. As therapist, I listen with you to what has been ‘drawing a crowd’ in your mind, emotions, and relationships. Together, we consider what comes into earshot. The understanding that emerges over time often has a way of loosening knots and opening movement towards growth.
In theoretical terms I practice psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This involves on my part a valuing of early life experience, an attention to patterns of relating to self and others, and a regard for the unconscious as a creative canvas of expression and communication, such as expressed in everyday language, daydreams, and sleeping dreams. My thinking is also informed by attachment, existential, narrative, and family systems categories.
I work with people from all walks of life. While I welcome the particularities of what brings you to therapy, some examples of broad areas of concern I work with in my practice are:
- Desire for deeper self-understanding
- Desire for the growth of an emotional mind
- Family of origin experience and impact
- Relationship difficulties
- Difficult life transitions
- Issues of late adolescence and emerging adulthood
- The impact of systems (cultural, sociopolitical, theological, etc.)
- Cross-cultural living with its unique stressors
- Religion and spirituality – I welcome those for whom religious identity and practice have been central in their lives and may wish to engage theological categories in therapy. I also welcome those seeking to understand and process their experience within religious contexts. I have most familiarity with Christian and Muslim spiritualities and worldviews.