Have compassion on everyone you meet
Even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit,
Bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign
Of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.
You do not know what wars are going on
Down there where the spirit meets the bone.
-MILLER WILLIAMS, “Compassion”
Psychotherapy is a compassionate space in which the things we carry inside may be known and thought about. Where complaint and want are not dismissed, and apprehension can tell its side of things. Where we are not alone in our efforts to bear what is difficult and make sense of our experience.
In psychotherapy we begin where you are. As therapist, I listen with you to what has been ‘drawing a crowd’ in your mind, emotions, and relationships. Together, we consider what comes into earshot. The understanding that emerges over time often has a way of loosening knots and opening movement towards growth.
In theoretical terms I practice psychoanalytically-informed psychotherapy. This involves on my part an appreciation for one’s earliest formative relationships and environments, an attention to emotional experience and patterns of relating, and a regard for the unconscious as a creative canvas of expression and communication (e.g. as expressed in everyday language and dreams). My thinking is also informed by existential, attachment, and family systems categories.
While I welcome the particularities of what brings you to therapy, some examples of broad areas of concern I work with in my practice are:
- Loss and difficult transitions
- Family of origin experience and impact
- Issues of late adolescence and emerging adulthood
- Posttraumatic stress
- The impact of systems (cultural, socio-political, theological, etc.)
- Cross-cultural living with it’s unique stressors
- Meaning and existence
- Religion and spirituality – I welcome those for whom religious identity and practice have been central and may wish to engage theological categories in therapy. I have familiarity with Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions.