My love of this work first arose when I was in high school and encountered a book by Jungian Analyst James Hillman—Revisioning Psychology. It was a time when most people didn’t talk about the psyche or unconscious or what moves us beyond the apparent. Earlier still, I was always drawn to the vulnerable or hurt or overlooked, seeing there the potential for transformation.
My graduate training was in psychodynamic theory, originally based in Freud’s work then having evolved into a clinical practice that delves into the self, the interpersonal, and the power of the therapeutic relationship.
My early work was with infants and young children with special education needs, offering psychoeducational testing, as well as play therapy. I worked alongside parents, educators, storytellers, physical therapists and others to foster the healthy development of these young lives.
My work in special education continued with children and adolescents where I worked intensively with families to help shift dynamics in the home, as well as with educators to encourage the children’s success in school.
I shifted course and spent several years training in Zen Buddhism, immersing myself in the practice and teachings of the liberation of the self. I continue to work within a program that actively takes up issues around racism, sexism, and other forms of structural oppression, inequality, and injustice.
I trained in functional nutritional and the psychology of eating to better understand both the habits and emotions around eating, as well as the impact of what we eat on how we feel.
I have had the honor for the past ten years of working with older folks and their families who are facing the challenges and deeper insights of the final years of life. I offered neurocognitive evaluations to help clarify diagnosis, as well as to elucidate cognitive and interpersonal patterns in order to play to their strengths and support areas of decline. My psychotherapy work was deeply enriching as I was most often met by people who were open and expressive while facing what most of us must face.
I am happy to continue this work, as I share office space with Dr. Paul Mullin, a local neurologist. I’ll be offering neurocognitive screenings and am eager to work with caregivers and adults who are dealing with cognitive changes.
I also turn my attention back to my experience with the many phases of life, as I again work with adolescents and adults who feel they are carrying an emotional weight, are living with a great loss, are held back by uncertainty… and feel a readiness for something different in their lives.
What brings me to my work is an abiding respect for the potential for change through awareness, kindness, and a certain mystery that is always within our reach.