Areas of Focus
For both men and women, the sudden realization that life is half gone can be extremely debilitating. The questions of life purpose, meaning, loss of youth, a sense of accomplishment and mortality often arise at midlife. I work with people in this area by helping them to discover who they were, who they are now, and who they want to be in the future. This process requires taking a close look at how they got to where they are now in life, and what changes are needed in order to get where they want to go. Midlife is a life phase that passes as all phases do. Working with a psychotherapist during this confusing time can help to make the transition process one of growth and discovery.
Life Purpose and Spiritual/Religious Identity Issues
At key stages of our lives, existential confusion and big life questions come to the forefront of our daily experience. In order to continue on our life path with enthusiasm, creativity, and purpose, it is often extremely helpful to focus our attention directly on these very important issues that serve as the foundation of our life experience. I work with you to help get to the root of these issues, and to bring them to the surface in order to examine and resolve them.
Grief and Loss
It is important to know that grief is a natural process that is temporary; although its duration will be different from person to person. Everyone grieves in their own way and their own time. In working with people who are experiencing grief and loss, I am sensitive to the individual’s personal process, and provide a safe environment for them to process and express the accompanying emotions in their own time and manner. It is important to allow the grief process to pass through us in a healthy way in order for it to be a transforming human experience in our lives.
Depression, Anxiety, and Panic
Along with depression, anxiety is usually present. Many professionals actually feel that Depression and Anxiety are two sides of the same disorder, and can affect a person of any age. I use an integrative approach in working with Depression and Anxiety, using Depth Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR while addressing multiple psychological layers that may be contributing to the feelings of Depression and Anxiety. I also incorporate Mindfulness Meditation as a technique that works for grounding a client and bringing them into the present moment, where underlying causes can be explored and symptoms can be reduced.