In my twenty-five years as a psychotherapist, I have come to learn that the connection between my client(s) and me is more important than any of my inherent skills to analyze and make sense of things or the skills I learned in school or acquired working with hundreds of clients with a myriad of issues.
Each time I begin a new journey in consultation with a brand new client, I am enlivened, grateful and happy to be doing the work of helping someone on a path to healing. Krishnamurti says:
"You can’t see what to do, you can see only what not to do. The total negation of that road is the new beginning, the other road. The other road is not on the map, nor can it ever be put on any map. Every map is a map of the wrong road, the old road".
Whether I am in session with an individual, a couple, a family or a group, each session is a new journey and an opportunity to begin anew. It is a chance to live fully in the present moment, even as we explore history to gain insight, to learn new ways to behave, to empty the vessel and make room for something better. It is also an opportunity to feel what is so in life, accept one’s reality and make sense of all the options in order to choose the most effective path for the trip ahead.
Although my approach to psychotherapy is eclectic, it is grounded in systems, cognitive and humanistic psychotherapy models, and informed by my buddhist perspective. Some of my background includes:
Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; author of Teaching Model for Supervision.
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