Counseling

My approach to psychotherapeutic counseling can be summed up by a brilliant quote from Joseph Campbell, because I think it describes perfectly both what I see in many clients and the way in which I work with them. “We're in a freefall into the future. We don't know where we're going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you're going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It's a very interesting shift of perspective and that's all it is... joyful participation in the sorrows and everything changes.”

Symptoms of the Freefall

My clients come to counseling because are suffering from the symptoms of this unprecedented freefall into the future. Suffering can manifest in many different ways: anxiety, depression, meaninglessness, hopelessness. If you’re ready to gain understanding and make a shift in perspective, I can help you do that. If you are struggling with anything in your life, whether it’s just a momentary crisis or something that’s been working through you for a while, I can help you find your unshakable center. It may take some time, but we can get there.

I can't stop the fall, but I can help make it more bearable.

What is Jungian Analysis?

In Jungian analysis, we try to help bring the individual into relationship with the unconscious and thus to realization of his or her unique purpose in life. The work is intensive and deeply personal. It is foremost a personal journey of transformation and a confrontation with the Unconscious - a journey which Jung called the Individuation Process. The often tumultuous path, one which leads us into both personal and archetypal complexes, is supported every step of the way by our mutual relationship.

How is Jungian Analysis Different from Psychotherapy?

The central focus of the analysis lies in working with client’s dreams. Jung considered dreams a natural psychic phenomenon depicting the unknown, inner situation of the dreamer, a direct expression of the current condition of dreamer’s psyche (mental world). Dreams also have a prospective function. They are messages from the unconscious that can indicate the neurotic deficiencies of conscious life, point the way toward a broader perspective, facilitate a completely new attitude, and unleash creative potential.

Archetypes

In Jung’s view, dreams express not just personal material, but also collective or universal contents. Dreams frequently contain archetypes, the universal patterns that comprise the collective unconscious and the archetypal images found in dreams can provide the dreamer with special insights and guidance along the path toward self-realization. Together, we will study the maps of dream and fantasy material, and sometimes use comparative mythology and religion, and fairy and folk tale to shed light in the hidden recesses of the soul.

The Mind Space

The Ego: Why We Need It

The ego gets a pretty bad rap these days. People say things like “It’s just ego,” as though the ego were something we could just dispense of at will. As the center of our conscious mind, the ego is a psychological necessity. Perhaps a lot of what people say today comes from the influx of Eastern philosophy. We should remember that the idea of the dissolution of the ego arose in a different cultural context. […]

Meditation: How to control the mind

Meditation and Psychological Transformation Before I finally answered my calling in Jungian Analysis and counseling, I practiced and taught psychotherapeutic yoga and bodywork. Meditation was a big part of that. I realize saying psychotherapeutic in this context might sound pretentious, but it’s the honest truth. I saw the people I worked with, both students and clients, go through unimaginable psychological transformations from movement and bodywork. They gave up addictions or some other bad habit.  People got themselves […]

Breathing Meditation

The way of experience begins with a breath such as the breath you are breathing now. Awakening into the luminous reality may dawn in the momentary throb between any two breaths.  – Loren Roche, Radiance Sutras The Breath as Lifeforce You may wonder why I chose to use this particular image to talk about a breathing exercise.  If we stop breathing, what happens?  Simply speaking:  breath is life. It is no wonder that the word […]

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