Therapy with me differs from other therapists in that there is a focus on your unconscious life.
What does that mean? To put it simply, think of an image of an iceberg.
The part of the iceberg that lies above the water is what is conscious. That is what you are aware of. You are aware that you are reading these words or that you are sitting in a chair.
The part of the iceberg that lies beneath the water’s surface is what is unconscious. This is what lies out of your awareness, or what is hidden from view.
I will ask you to pay attention to your inner life, to what lies beneath the surface. For example, feelings and thoughts that kick in when you are sad or anxious.
When you get extremely angry “for no reason.”
When you have a strong, emotional reaction that “comes out of nowhere” or seems to have a life of its own, that is connected to your unconscious.
I will ask you to reflect on your past and tell me about patterns you notice about yourself.
What is easiest or most difficult for you in relationships?
How do you comfort yourself when you are upset?
Dreams are connected to the unconscious as well and clients who choose to make their dreams a part of therapy have found that it enriches and deepens the therapy experience.
What matters most
What matters most is that you are moving towards a healthier relationship with yourself. This is essential to psychological health and grants the ability to live a life aligned with purpose and meaning.
As James Hollis, the Jungian analyst, says “The quality of our relationships is a direct function of our relationship to our self.”
I feel that what my clients take away from the therapy experience is a deepened awareness of who they are (values, strengths, growth areas, blindspots) and how this drives their day-to-day choices and reactions; and increased self-acceptance of all that they are.
This self-knowledge gives them the personal authority and freedom to create a life aligned with their deepest nature.
My training in depth psychology began with a year of doctoral studies in the Depth Psychotherapy program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. I completed my doctoral program at Saybrook University in San Francisco, California, completing 2 years in Jungian Studies at the Jung Center in Houston, Texas.
My experience includes over 15 years working with individuals, couples, and families in the areas of substance abuse; marriage/relationship concerns; childhood emotional neglect (CEN); and trauma.
If you are interested in my education and training:
- PhD: Psychology, Saybrook University – San Francisco, CA
- Master’s Degree: Educational Psychology: School Counseling – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Advanced Graduate Certificate: Marriage and Family Therapy – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Jungian Studies, Saybrook University, Jung Center in Houston, TX – 2 years
- MBTI Certified Practitioner
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Training (3,000 hours)
- Gottman Couples Method – Level 1 Training
- PREPARE/ENRICH Premarital Inventory & Couples Assessment – Facilitator