“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung
The Body and the Mind
I use depth psychotherapy because I believe it is important to take into account the whole person; mind, body and spirit. I believe people have rich inner lives and paying attention to clues from the unconscious mind and the body can provide pathways towards growth and healing.
Making Conscious Choices
I care about helping you to find your inner voice and to lead a deeply fulfilling and meaningful life. I want you to be able to make conscious choices about what you want and need which can guide you to unleash your unique nature and talents. This means not being directed solely by other people’s needs or by society’s “shoulds” and “have-tos”. This means being better able to weather the storms of life. This means following your true self.
Symptoms are not pathology
I don’t view symptoms as pathology. I see them as clues to unresolved needs, pain and patterns of behavior. These can cause suffering, longings for relief and the need for a deeper sense of meaning in your life.
The Depth Approach
Depth work involves utilizing images, metaphor, myth and ritual to comprehend the language of the psyche and the Self. A variety of methods can be used to incorporate depth into psychotherapy such as expressive arts, dream work, writing or simply having a conversation about your inner world. If this type of approach resonates for you, we can explore how these methods can enhance your individual path towards growth and healing.
I have devoted more than twenty-five years to the study and experience of depth psychotherapy, dream work, active imagination and Jungian analysis. I have attended seminars at the CG Jung Institute in San Francisco and Los Angeles and currently serve on the board of the Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco and the board of the Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute in Lafayette.
“The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy”
by Jonathan Shedler, PhD
“The goals of psychodynamic therapy include, but extend beyond, symptom remission. Successful treatment should not only relieve symptoms (i.e., get rid of something) but also foster the positive presence of psychological capacities and resources.”
Jonathan Shedler, PhD, authored this article which establishes psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. It’s more technical, but is a good description of the foundation of my approach to exploring each individual’s psyche in order to promote the greatest opportunity for transformation and healing.