My Philosophy

As a therapist, I am a companion. I try to help people tune into their own wisdom.
~ Virginia Satir

I am here to help. We are all in this life together.

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
~ Carl Jung

I use an integrated experiential-depth approach to systemic therapy. I’ll work with you, collaboratively, within your own value system, to encourage the presence of emotion in the room. This is important because real change is more likely to happen, and to be long-lasting, when deep emotions are involved. Sometimes we — our thoughts — are out of touch with our feelings. Then, we don’t really know ourselves. It can create distress and makes it really difficult to figure out core issues, what the real problem is.

So we’ll work on connecting and integrating, putting all the parts and pieces together until you have a sense that they fit . . . A process of creating personal insight and increasing well-being.

As part of this process, we’ll sit together and talk about your life story. I’ll help you see what’s between the lines, claim what’s truly yours — what you want to hang onto, and re-write what you want to change.

What will your story be?

This rewriting of story is a thinking matter, cognitive, thoughtful. But we look to emotion to be our guide to the essence of what you truly value, what’s most important to you, what’s meaningful for you. We’ll work with emotion, in the moment, in session. We’ll make space for whatever emerges that’s significant to your experience . . . because you are unique. Also, we’ll explore emotion that’s part of the shared human experience . . . because, in that sense, we are alike.

There can be no transforming of darkness into light . . .
without emotion.
-Carl Jung

For healing, growth, and transformation, we will let emotion lead us deeper, to the depths, toward what is there in the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious, toward deeper meaning.

The Problem is never the problem! It is only a symptom of something much deeper.
~ Virginia Satir

You know what’s distressful for you. You know your suffering. Would knowing more about it, where it comes from, how you might change, make a difference in your life? We could try to find out together.

But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a (hu)man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.
― Viktor Frankl

You’ve been walking down your own personal path of pain. Does it help to know others have walked similar, neighboring paths? This is where a therapist with research-based training can be helpful. This shared-human experience — grief, pain, loss, shame, sadness, anger, loneliness, isolation, intimacy, wonder, joy — how do we live with it? What meaning can we make of it? How do we cope?

We need to see ourselves as basic miracles.
~ Virginia Satir

What strengths and resources do you have personally, individually, spiritually, as well as collectively, that you can call on for healing, growth, transformation? If you’re human, there’s a lot there. But sometimes it’s hidden away, hard to find, hard to access. Sometimes we can’t find these strengths at all for ourselves and need help.

The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand, and touch another person.
~ Virginia Satir

This is the essence of the rich complexity of life, of human-ness: being a differentiated individual, yet intimate with others; being unique, yet somehow the same; being separate, yet connected; being oneself, yet needing one another; reaching in, while reaching out; within and also between.

You are a part of many systems. You are a system of many parts. You are not alone.

When two people relate to each authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.

— Martin Buber

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul.
– Carl Jung

What’s your dream?