Psychotherapy (and Counselling) Services
What I Do
In my particular practice as a Registered Psychotherapist, I have a strong commitment and focus on psychotherapy and counselling work with individuals. I am convinced that most meaningful change begins within the individual and that any genuine change in relationships between people starts from, and is rooted in, change within individuals. My firm belief is that individuals can best assist their own growth by first of all pursuing individual psychotherapy in conjunction with a good therapist. Counselling services of this type are not suited to those looking for very rapid, issue-specific fixes, as in very short term therapy. Such therapies tend to emphasize very specific forms of change, focused on tightly defined issues, whereas the kind of counselling services that I provide focus on the longer term, and more on the whole person.
What Kinds of Issues Bring People to Depth Psychotherapy / Jungian Therapy?
The list of issues below is not comprehensive, but these are very common issues which lead clients to me for psychotherapy.
- Mid-life change and orientation
- Issues of the second half of life
- Major life transitions
- Anxiety and depression
- Adult children relating to parents and siblings
- Anger and rage
- Serious and terminal illness
- Marital and family distress
- Divorce and relationship breakdown
- Sexual identity and orientation
- Sexuality in relationships
- Creative blockages, especially for those working in the arts
- Family and co-worker suicide
- Creative approaches to retirement
- Issues of spirituality and meaning, religious crises
- Job loss and career crises
- Work/life balance and vocation
How I Work with People
I’m convinced that real, substantive change in marriages, families or any other social relationship can only come through the increased self-knowledge of the individual. Depth psychotherapy and counselling services emphasize the role of the unconscious mind, and the symbols and images that emerge from it through dreams and other techniques that bring us into contact with hitherto unrecognized and unacknowledged parts of ourselves. Over time, these sources provide an important gateway through which a person can come to understand both his or her conflicts and what is trying to emerge in her or his life. This is not to say that situations occurring in everyday life are not examined with equal care: the two go hand in hand. The key relationships and interactions in peoples’ lives are the very place where the struggle to “individuate”, as Jung would say, is worked out. Yet the individual must become conscious of the real dynamics of these situations, if any kind of meaningful change is to occur.