Chiron, wounded healer
My work with individual clients is influenced by the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung, who believed that all psychological problems have a spiritual component. The word psychotherapy comes from the Greek words psyche, meaning soul and animating spirit, and therapae, meaning to serve or take care of. We seek psychotherapy because our soul, our very core, is suffering. The suffering of psychological symptoms, viewed in this light, reveals something that is trying to come into being, engaging our life force and wanting more. Through the exploration of dreams and imagination, the Jungian lens allows us to value a more symbolic life, with an understanding that our unconscious communicates what is needed. This work can shed light on the unknown corners of who we are, and free up unrealized creative potential. Jung was also mindful of the therapeutic value of the wounded-healer archetype, and stressed that practitioners must undertake their own therapy, as well as training and learning.
In addition to my background as a Jungian analyst, I am versed in shorter-term approaches, including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), and DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy). I encourage an awareness of what is happening in the body in order to generate a quality of experience that can bypass thought and “stuck places.”
My therapeutic approach is relational. Research indicates that the quality of the client and therapist relationship is the most important factor in a therapeutic process. Relational psychotherapy explores the impact of current and past relationships, and focuses on the evolving relationship between the client and therapist as an agent of change. The relational emphasis builds trust so that difficult or painful experiences can be safely explored.