Therapists are born and then they need all the training they can get.
I began my private practice of psychotherapy in the 70’s, and have been teaching and training psychotherapists since the 80’s. I have never stopped learning; adding to my skill base and deepening my own experience of growth and integration. My goals are to help people to be all of who they can be and, of course, to relieve suffering.
Every treatment is unique and depends on the individual client or patient. Each individual brings their own perception of what is problematic or needing to change, as well as their own cultural world view. I work within the framework of the patient, utilizing interventions congruent with their belief system and worldview. I only use or propose more challenging concepts or reactions when I discern the client’s wish to metabolize them. Occasionally, I make a conscious ‘decision’ to work in a particular way with a patient, but more often I find myself ‘noticing’ that I am working in a particular way. During a session, I rarely think theoretically. Mostly, I experience my responses and interventions as intuitive. This ‘intuition’ is informed by continuous reading, study and thought, always with my patients in mind.
Throughout my career I have enjoyed and benefitted from the challenge of teaching. I have taught psychodynamics to body psychotherapists and body psychotherapy to psychoanalysts and to psychodynamic psychotherapists. I have also benefited from attending workshops and trainings, from consultations and peer supervision, reading and studying on my own, and from my own personal experience of various forms of psychotherapy. Perhaps equally important, I have lived deeply and bring to my work much life experience from my own and other cultures. I hold three academic degrees in different fields. Before becoming a therapist I worked as a dancer, potter and college teacher. I have always enjoyed bridging professional fields.