My work as a holistic depth psychotherapist is rooted in a reverence toward the awe inspiring complexity of humans as intricate physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual beings who are constantly evolving within elaborate and interconnected webs of relationships and cultures. In deference to my recognition of our vast and contextual nature, I engage in therapy from a holistic depth perspective. This perspective allows me to embrace each individual I encounter with a keen interest in understanding her multifaceted, unfolding subjectivity and intrinsic strengths rather than reducing him to a cluster of discrete problems that need "fixing".
~ Mary Oliver
"For years and years I struggled
just to love my life. And then
the butterfly rose,
weightless, in the wind."
I envision my profession as a psychotherapist in relation to its original meanings derived from the Greek and Latin. The derivation of "psyche" translates as breath, life, and soul while "therapeia" connotes service and attendance. The Greek goddess of the soul Psyche, often depicted as a butterfly, suffered many trials and tribulations on her passage to self-discovery and enlightenment. In keeping with the original spirit of the word "psychotherapy", I approach my work as a sacred calling that involves providing special assistance for people during their soulful metamorphoses from the psychological dark cocoon into the light of Wholeness. This is in stark contrast to the contemporary medicalized view of the therapist's role as being one much more focused on diagnosing and eradicating the client's dysfunctional emotions and behaviors in order to promote quick symptomatic control and social adjustment.
My art as a holistic depth psychotherapist can best be described as deeply integrative. In regard to providing a more substantial and personalized care befitting the complexity and uniqueness of each human soul, I strongly believe in eclectically interweaving a diverse combination of theoretical orientations and techniques. My knowledge base as a psychotherapist is sturdily grounded in numerous aspects of both traditional and more contemporary Western psychological theory and practice that span a very broad range from psychodynamic developmental psychology and existential-humanistic perspectives, to psychoneurobiological trauma based models. However, since I practice as a holistic depth psychotherapist, I primarily utilize alternative, experiential, creative, mind-body, and transpersonal approaches to healing and self-realization. The clients I see in my practice tend to be higher functioning individuals who already possess a substantial level of mental health and psychological stability but wish to go further in their journey of self-development, personal growth, and the attainment of higher levels of personal integration and psycho-spiritual consciousness.
My sincere intention as a psychotherapist is both to help my fellow human beings to discover creative solutions for addressing immediate psychological problems as well as to support them in deepening and enlarging their overall personal and relational transformations. The journey of depth holistic psychotherapy, given its elaborate and wide-reaching focus on the person's entire Being-ness, is able to profoundly awaken whole winged Awareness, Aliveness, and Connected Empowerment.