My general method is integrative. My work draws from:

  • Mindfulness-based, experiential, and somatic therapies (including EMDR, the Hakomi method, Recreation of Self, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Sue Johnson's Emotion Focused Therapy and the work of Dr. John Gottman
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Interpersonal process
  • Existential therapy

 

"Psychotherapy is about how you think. It is about how you live with your emotions. It is about the perspectives you bring to relating with the people who matter to you. It is about what you aspire to in your life and how you may unwittingly make it harder for yourself to reach those goals. It is about being helped to see that the change you seek is already within you. It is coming to recognize and appreciate the spark of something eternal that is your core...it is about how you live with yourself right  now."

~James Bugental, Ph.D.

There is this myth that I can rest in some assuredness, that I will never again feel insecure, or feel fear, or feel doubt, or feel those emotions we don't want to feel—if I'm truly enlightened, I will never feel those emotions. Forget it. That's not it. That's the pipe dream, that's the opium that's sold to the masses. And they eat it up and they never get there and they end up disillusioned. That's not how it works.

Freedom is never freedom from. If freedom is freedom from anything, it's not freedom at all. It's freedom to.

Are you free enough to be afraid? Are you free enough to feel insecure? Are you free enough not to know? You see what I mean? Are you free enough to know that you can't know? Are you free enough to be totally comfortable knowing that you can't know what's around the next corner, how you will feel about it, how you will respond to it, that you literally can't know. Are you free enough to be totally at ease and comfortable with the way things actually are? That's freedom. The other thing is the ego's idea of freedom.

~Adyashanti

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