There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. --Maya Angelou
I provide psychotherapy, counseling and personal development services in San Anselmo, Northern California, for individual adults, adolescents, and couples of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations. Those entering middle age and elderhood frequently find their way to my door. Perhaps they feel comfortable knowing that I've been around the block a few times. Certainly, I've had a full and varied life, and feel well equipped to work with a wide variety of people who are seeking peace of mind, improved relationships and a deeper connection to themselves and the world.
My theoretical lens is depth psychotherapy in the Jungian tradition. This means that the ideas of Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) as well as Jungians Marie-Louise von Franz, James Hillman, June Singer, and others guide the direction of my work. As a depth psychotherapist who acknowledges realities that live below the surface of our conscious lives, I respect the mysterious and dynamic relationships that lie between the heart, body, soul, imagination, mind, and spirit, and I include the subtle, unconscious, aesthetic and transpersonal aspects of human experience in my work. I describe this in greater detail under the "Approach" section of this site.
When issues are beyond words, non-verbal approaches are important, and working with music and the arts can be helpful in facilitating the expression of things hard to express. From time to time I offer group music, collage and mandala work, which can be fun, satisfying and revealing. Please contact me if you'd like to receive notifications of future groups and workshops.
Most people decide to seek therapy and counseling because they want things to be other than the way they are. Something stressful is happening in their lives, and their emotions might be reaching depths of intensity they never knew were possible. Exhaustion and depletion follows when their usual coping skills fail to withstand the mounting pressures of anxiety, conflict, depression, sadness, anger, stuckness, guilt, shame, despair, and other symptoms, which may or may not have a known cause to those suffering them.
Some people come to me seeking personal change in their lives and relationships; others are looking for support and guidance as they, or their loved ones, work through bereavement or navigate chronic or life-threatening health issues. Still others wish to deepen their sense of purpose and meaning in life through self-exploration, personal growth and development. Although crisis and pain might stumble in the door, transformation, self-awareness and empower-ment can dance out.
Joys, sorrows, losses, disappointments, struggles, pain, and yearning accompany the transitions through every phase of life, from birth to death. Therapy can be just the support needed to help you meet both the challenges and opportunities that every stage of life brings.
In particular, I work with:
Confidentiality & Privacy
Please be assured that my first priority is to create and maintain a safe and trustworthy environment so that you can feel confident of your privacy, which is essential to the work. Fortunately, the law also protects the relationship between a patient and a psychotherapist, and I cannot disclose information without your written permission. However, matters of law and professional ethics, require the following exceptions:
In our relationships