The therapeutic alliance

The therapeutic alliance is where we work together collaboratively. In other words, it’s not just you talking and puzzling over your problems or concerns. Or solely about what I do as a therapist, how, when, or why I analyze or intervene. Instead, we interact and work together.

You bring your history, your life experience, passions, and dreams into our sessions. I will join you with my interest, curiosity, and compassion (as well as my education and training) as we listen to what Psyche or the Self is asking of you.

Whether we work pragmatically and concretely as outer, waking-life challenges come up or we explore the deeper Self and its potentialities, we will work together as a team. At times we will marvel over the ‘undreamed-off possibilities’ Psyche or Self has in store for you and at other times we will face the ‘real life’ challenge of applying inner realizations to day-to-day life struggles and relationships. Either way, I look forward to accompanying you on the journey of exploring your deeper Self, your dreams, and potentialities.

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” C.G. Jung Modern Man in Search of a Soul (1933, p. 49)

The vocation of depth psychotherapy

The word depth is used here to signify the type of psychotherapy that deals with the reality of the unconscious, the objective psyche. The term psychotherapy is a product of two root words: psyche originally meant soul or life spirit; the Greek verb therapeuein means to tend or render service, and the original usage of . . . → Read More: The vocation of depth psychotherapy

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

I thought Tina Turner’s role in the film What’s Love Got to Do With It? accurately and movingly portrayed the victim of spousal abuse. Tina was born as Anna Mae Bullock and was abandoned at age six by her mother who escaped her own abusive relationship. Anna Mae was a plucky teenager with an indomitable . . . → Read More: What’s Love Got to Do With It?