What would life look like if you followed the path of your heart instead of the pre-paved path of “shoulds” and societal or familial expectations?
Throughout our sessions together, I’ll weave together techniques and tools that will help you tend to your emotions, your thoughts, your subconscious mind, and your physical health.
Each of my client’s needs and strengths are different, and we may use one or a combination of these approaches during our work together.
Learn more about each of the techniques we may use in therapy by clicking on the links below.
A term used by Jung and Freud, Depth Psychology is essentially a way of seeing and understanding our psyche (derived from Greek meaning “soul”) individually, collectively, and relationally. Its focus is the depth of our soul – our unconscious — expressed through dreams; symbols; meaningful synchronicities; the art forms we enjoy and create; timeless myths and stories; our patterns of relating; our emotional reactions and triggers; and much more.
“Depth psychological approaches to psychological suffering attempt to help individuals become aware of what has been cast out of consciousness or not yet able to be known. Healing is associated with allowing what has been repressed, rejected, denied or ignored to come forward so that the person can understand, explore its significance and integrate it, allowing for a transformation in consciousness.”
~Pacifica Graduate Institute
Why Depth Psychology?
Our rational, conscious mind is only roughly about 10% of our operational mind, which is why cognitive methods alone are limited. The other 90%, which includes our emotional and instinctual circuitry, is subconscious. It’s what we need to address and explore if we want to bring about change and transformation.
Dream analysis (aka dream tending) is one of the interesting and effective depth psychological tools I often integrate into session work to bring about new insights and understandings. Dreaming is essential to our health and well-being. Generally we dream every night, and regardless of whether or not we remember, they are a helpful way our psyche processes through and digests the emotional dynamics of the day. However, when remembered, dreams can provide us powerful material from our subconscious and collective unconscious for gaining deeper insights, understanding, and guidance about what is going on in our lives at a deeper level. Though you might initially think that dreams seem nonsensicle and maybe a bit kooky and weird, dreams actually speak quite clearly but in a dream language that takes some time to understand and are one of your most valuable tools. I encourage my clients to bring their dreams in to session on a regular basis.
To get started, buy yourself a new notebook solely for dream journaling and keep it open to a fresh page at your night table along with a working pen. Before you go to sleep each night, ask for a dream to come to you, perhaps about an issue or concern you are dealing with. By intentioning the dream and the action of placing the notebook open, your invitation to your subconscious will likely bring forward a dream you remember within a few days. As soon as you awake from the dream, even if it is the middle of the night, write down all you remember.
Write down the feelings, the images, the people, places, the smells, the part that had the most charge or energy for you, whatever you can remember, even if it's just a small fragment or feeling. The act of writing down any portion of the dream may also help you to recall more, but it also lets your subconscious know you value its communication, and this act encourages you to remember them more frequently. You don't have to understand the dream. Just write it down. and the date. In session we will "work" the dream or dream fragment. Dreamlife is rich and alive and fascinating...and incredibly helpful. Also, even if it dream is unpleasant or seems "bad," don't worry, they are very helpful. Those intense or reoccurring dreams? Bring them in first, because they are asking for your attention.
"an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight..." – American Art Therapy Association
Jou Tsung Hwa writes: "We often say 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' and today's scientists study how a person's visual mind is even more complex and powerful than their verbal mind. In many kinds of learning, words are merely a start for a person to build a mental picture for themselves. Using pictures directly to work with is very important in developing our whole selves."
You do not need to be artistic to participate. Just a willingness to play, scribble, imagine, experiment with different art and collage materials, and get involved in the process of it. What it looks like does not matter. Allow yourself to release expectations of a finished product and enjoy the sensation of the creative process.
Imagination and imagery offer tremendous healing power. Whatever our brain "sees", our physiology reacts to as "real." Images seen, created, or imagined can elicit feelings and complex messages, speaking to us from the subconscious and assisting us to bring into consciousness a greater understanding of ourselves and the dynamics and patterns active in our lives. An important component of healing is feeling understood and validated; images offer an opportunity to facilitate this deeper understanding.
Using an approach called Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), I can help you to safely relieve the stress of those reactions in minutes, as well as to identify and release old stuck emotional patterns.
Can you remember a time where you felt "triggered" and felt an intense emotional "over" reaction to a person or situation? NET helps reduce the "charge" of common emotional triggers, decreasing emotional reactivity and encouraging neutrality, so you can deal with "what is" more effectively. Clients regularly describe feeling"lighter," "better,"" more centered," and "as if a heavy weight has been lifted off" them immediately after experiencing NET.
For couples, NET offers an amazing method to work through those common triggers, such as feelings of abandonment that may come up when one partner does not "show up" in the way the other wanted, or the disappointment of unmet expectations, etc. as well as a way to foster greater empathy and understanding of each other.
NET is a useful treatment tool for helping you become congruent with your desired goals and increase your awareness of self-limiting or sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. NET helps release you from these old negative patterns so that you can now be free to make new choices. NET is powerful in helping athletes, performers, artists, test takers, etc. decrease and manage their anxiety, move past blocks, and become congruent with their vision of success.
NET is also a safe, effective and a natural way to help resolve long-standing health problems and symptoms that have an emotional component. Be sure to complete the Wellness Check. NET can be used to explore what your body may be communicating through its physical symptoms, and to neutralize the emotional aspect of those chronic health problems and physical symptoms, i.e. stress headaches, tight jaw, stomach in knots, low back pain, "pains in the neck", etc.
Neuro Emotional Technique is based on a proven combination of the latest scientific research and centuries old techniques used in Eastern healing. By acknowledging the relationship between the body’s emotional health and physical health, appreciative people around the world enjoy better health and well-being. As a part of NET's recommended protocol, homeopathic remedies are used to help the body activate its natural healing abilities and maximize the technique's effectiveness. Please visit NET's homeopathic remedy page for further detailed information.
NET is not a replacement for medical care. If you would like further information, please visit their website for a more detailed explanation of this revolutionary and effective mind-body technique.
General health and nutritional counseling is included because what and when we eat, drink, exercise, sleep, etc. all have a HUGE effect on our mood and sense of well-being, and therefore, how we interact with others. Our daily habits create changes in our biochemistry and neurology, and thus affect our thinking, feeling, and behaviors. For example, think back to what you consumed (or didn't) just before the last time you had a fight with a loved one, or couldn't sleep at night, or experienced brain-fog, or the last time your kids were bouncing off the walls...
Emotional difficulties are often expressed through the body in the form of physical sensations and dis-ease. Likewise, most illnesses and physical symptoms have an emotional component. In both situations, working through the related emotions can contribute to healing on both physical and emotional levels, just as healing the body can help heal the mind.
I encourage all my clients to fill out a Wellness Check so that we can attend to the areas of your health that are in most need of attention, in addition to the primary reason that brings you here.
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