My overall approach to my work is directed by a Jungian
psychology orientation. This means that I believe that our entire life is a process of
growth and change. Many problems may arise because we or others do not
allow us to continue to grow and therefore we become stuck. When that
happens, we loose sight of ourselves, our goals, and our promise of happiness
and fulfillment. In these cases we are separated from our self and from
the sources of our personal energy and the energy that is available in the
world around us. This separation leads to depression, feelings of
worthlessness, feelings of being lost, fear about the future, fear of aging, or
just plain feelings of emptiness. My approach challenges my clients to
look inward and to find discover the depth and breadth of their humanity, to
more fully experience the depths of their lives and personalities, and to
connect with the energy that has been denied or bottle up there. The goal
is to once again experience growth appropriate to their age and time in life.
By consciously experiencing what has been ignored, denied, or unavailable
to us, the potential for growing into our full potential becomes possible.
As a Jungian psychotherapist and a Humanist, my psychotherapy work assumes that the Self is an inner and deeper part of who we are and is what we might psychologically consider to be the Soul. This assumption is NOT to dismiss a spiritual or religious definition of the Soul. Actually, it is to provide another way of looking at, communicating with, and getting in touch with our spirituality. I am not a pastor, priest, or minister; but, I believe all genuine approaches to our development as a human being an living things posses a soul, and psychology can play its part in supporting the growth of a person toward integrating the Self or their "Soul" into their conscious lives. Therefore, for me the work of psychotherapy is spiritual and about a person coming into touch with the Self, the Soul, and the deeper meanings of life which empower them to attain their full human potential.
This view has led me to develop a long-term project called, "Conversation with The Soul" which is a series of talks and seminars in which I and others who are concerned with human development and the enrichment of life present challenging views to encourage others to pursue their maximum potentials. These presentations are designed to provide different viewpoints about the "work of the Soul" and explore definitions of the Soul from various viewpoints, ways and means of coming into contact with the Self and the Soul, descriptions of how this work with the Soul can positively influence our daily lives. Please check the events tab on this site for the up-coming talks and workshops.
(Psychology, Jungian Psychology, Psychotherapy, Spiritual Counseling)