My psychotherapy style fuses the psychology of The West with the psychology of The East. It begins with listening from compassion, and it integrates elements from diverse forms of talk therapy and mindfulness. My own deep respect for mind, body, and nature provides the context for my approach. The result is a collaborative form of psychotherapy that is always responsive to your specific needs and interests. I provide expert guidance whenever useful, yet the direction and pace of your therapy always remains yours to control. In this way, the path to your well-being can begin with our first conversation.
My psychotherapy style is truly eclectic, because many different psychological tools support self-actualization and help relieve depression and anxiety:
- Mindfulness: Reveals the shallow nature of thoughts, the deep nature of reality, and the path beyond anxiety and delusion.
Psychodynamic Therapy: Teaches us to find and correct the habitual distortions of reality that result from expecting the present to be just like the past.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Teaches us how to use our thoughts to create positive influence on our behaviors and emotions.
- Metacognitive Therapy: Generalizes and augments CBT by teaching us to usefully think about our thinking.
- Behavioral Therapy: Teaches us how systems of rewards and punishments actually influence our behavior.
- Transactional Analysis (TA): Teaches us how to usefully analyze our communications for Adult, Child, and Parent modes.
- Humanistic Therapy: Teaches us to use authenticity, empathy, and admiration as healing factors.
Existential Therapy: Teaches us that issues concerning death, isolation, meaning, and freedom must not be underestimated.
Zen Therapy: Offers non-duality as healthy mind.
People want to self-actualize the way a flower wants to bloom. It is our essential nature.
The purpose of cultivating mindfulness as metacognitive awareness is to learn to reliably differentiate rabbit holes in the field from those in the mind, and thus to mitigate the dangers of both. The purpose of cultivating mindfulness as meditation is to habituate to reality as it actually is. Both tools help dissolve the patterns of attachments, aversions, and false beliefs that underlie both depression and anxiety. Furthermore, they support skillful action in the service of well-being and self-actualization.
My specialty areas include those as follows:
Executive/Life Coaching, Optimal Performance, Life Strategy
Self-Actualization, Mindfulness, & Well-Being
- Anxiety (subclinical)
- Depression (subclinical)
Relationships & Relational Conflict
- Intimacy, Sexuality, & Dating
- Assertiveness, Boundaries, & Good Communication
- Shyness, Loneliness, & Social Phobia (subclinical)
Self-Esteem, Self-Understanding, & Self-Acceptance
Meaning, Seeking, & Spirituality
Grief, Loss, & Adjustment
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) or Addicts
- Narcissism, Narcissists, & Neglectful Environments
- Emotional Regulation
- Stress Management
- Weight Management
Dream Analysis & Interpretation
Remember, your concerns and interests will always guide our process. We will investigate whatever matters to you, whether it fits neatly into any of these specialty areas or not.