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 is 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 therapy we begin where you are. As therapist, I listen with you to what has been ‘drawing a crowd’ in your mind, emotions, and relationships. Over time we will explore emerging patterns and beliefs, consider new angles and perspectives, and help you grow new ways of relating to yourself and your experience which may be emotionally liberating.
My primary theoretical orientation is psychoanalytic/psychodynamic. This means my thinking and attention lean towards the world of inner experience, the nature of your pain and your relationship to it, patterns of relating to self/other, family of origin experience and impact, and a respect for the unconscious as a creative canvas of emotional expression (e.g. in everyday language, daydreams, and sleeping dreams). My thinking is also informed by existential, family systems, and attachment concepts.
While I work with people from all walks of life, some common concerns explored and addressed in my practice are:
- ADHD (difficulty regulating attention and focus)
- Stressful transitions and adjustments
- Relationship difficulties
- Family of origin experience and relationships
- The challenges of emerging adulthood
- Desire for deeper self-understanding and locatedness in oneself (e.g. growing understanding of one’s relational styles, attachment patterns, defenses, etc.)
- Work and vocational distress
- Cross-cultural living with its unique stressors
- The immigrant experience
- The personal impact of systems (cultural, societal, theological, etc.)
- Religion and spirituality – I welcome those for whom religious identity and practice have been central in their lives and who may wish to engage theological categories in therapy and/or to process their experience in religious communities.