What Is the Process?
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process and endeavor. My role as therapist is to help you come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of your own experience: psychological, emotional, and spiritual.
My goal is to help you discover a greater sense of freedom and trust in your life as you come to experience your own deepest wisdom.
In the end, we often discover that we are the teachers that we’ve been waiting for.
What Is a Psychodynamic Approach?
My approach to therapy is psychodynamic, meaning that I am concerned with how you have constructed and how you understand the stories that define you and your experience.
In particular, based on my training, it's my understanding that we construct our experience of self through our relationships with others. Thus, the relationship we develop as therapist and client is of primary importance.
It is my job is to attend to our relationship, to help you be aware of its dynamics, and to provide opportunities for you to have new experiences of relationship in general.
What is Pastoral Psychotherapy?
Most simply, it's psychotherapeutic work that makes room for and invites the client to bring their spiritual experience and religious
history to the work in whatever way may be meaningful to them.
This perspective can also be referred to as Transpersonal.
I understand the spiritual to be as much a part of human experience as is the psychological, the emotional and the physical.
The spiritual dimension of experience is concerned with the meaning we bring to our lives and the ways we experience being related (or not) to others, to the world and to Life itself.
I am open to many ways of understanding this level of experience and I have no expectation that clients hold any particular faith perspective or, for that matter, any whatsoever.