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Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart…. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.– Carl Jung

Philosophy

In the Service of Life
Paraphrased from Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Service is sacred work and is different from helping or fixing.
Service is a relationship between equals
And acknowledges wholeness, mystery and awe.
Helping is based on inequality, not a relationship between equals.
It is a use of power to assist those of lesser strength or greater need.
When we “help” someone we may inadvertently diminish
Their sense of self-esteem, sense of worth, and sense of integrity.
It is the wholeness in us that serves that wholeness in others
and the wholeness of life.
Fixing something that is perceived wrong implies there is a lack of integrity
In the other person, and demonstrates our failure to see them as a whole being.
Fixing is a form of judgment, and judgment creates separation and distance.
Service acknowledges wholeness and implies connection.
Service is the experience of wholeness….
Service is the work of the soul.

 

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Therapy provides a safe, nurturing, non-judgemental, and relaxed environment for clients to recognize and embody personal strengths, talents and creative abilities. There is usually a development of a greater awareness and understanding of feelings, thoughts, and motivations, and an empowerment of each individual in healing current and past wounds.

My goal is to guide clients to this insight and a better understanding of themselves. With self awareness and the skills developed in Therapy, you are able to implement healthier behaviors and realize more positive ways of living. An increase in positive thinking and actions leads to greater connectedness with loved ones, fewer feelings of alienation and increased capacities for joy toward oneself and others. As a by product of the collaborative work of therapy, you are able to strengthen your resiliency and enhance your self esteem and achieve a more balanced, satisfying and fulfilling life.

With each person’s therapy being tailored to their individual needs, I focus on guiding you to obtain relief from emotional distress, while developing the awareness to be successful with the problems and stresses of daily living as well as in your relationships.

My work and approach is characterized by intuition, compassion, optimism and collaboration. I try to be straight forward without being harsh and encouraging without any pressure. I incorporate active and compassionate listening, collaborative exploration and a ready sense of humor.

I take an Integrative Holistic approach to therapy, utilizing different modalities to address issues. I have studied East-West methods of healing since I have been in practice. I have continually trained with world renowned holistically-minded teachers that have provided me with the knowledge, skill and wisdom to integrate a range of complementary healing psychotherapies into my practice.

I make available to children, adolescents and adults, traditional counseling – such as Cognitive-Behavioral therapy – as well as leading-edge techniques which include Hypnosis, EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Play therapy, Relaxation and Visual Imagery Techniques, Meditative and Breathing Techniques  to address many problems that individuals and families face. I also address existential considerations such as hopelessness, meaninglessness, isolation and death. When appropriate spirituality can be a component of the techniques used in therapy and a way to address the existential beliefs, feelings and issues. I combine the approaches that work best for your unique needs in healing the issues for which therapy has been sought.

I work collaboratively with parents, schools, and other supportive persons to effectively guide you in coping with your situations and to find solutions to the problems you are facing. Often true change takes a team approach, and because of this I have aligned myself with a wonderful network of professionals to help you accomplish your goals.