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Red Hand

Depth Psychology

A Jungian Approach the over all best approach...

In Greek mythology, the ancient character Sisyphus, as a consequence of committing multiple crimes and violations in his life, is sentenced by the god Zeus to an unusually severe punishment in the god of Death's Underworld.  He is condemned to roll a large boulder to the top of a very steep hill and right when he reaches the top, the boulder immediately rolls down again.  In perpetuity, Sisyphus is condemned to roll this heavy stone up again and again, only to have it roll down.

In my office, I offer a safe place and a compassionate presence where you can put down your Stone.  Whatever it may represent,  you can breathe, take time to reflect, and explore alternative options.  Create a new story.

We often feel like Sisyphus, rolling along the same path over and over, getting nowhere.  You may feel as if you are continually pushing against some sort of obstacle, be it internal or external, and experience a sense of frustration and futility at being stuck.  Maybe you can relate to the sense of rolling the boulder up the mountain, only to experience the futility of it all as you predict it will only roll back down once again. 

If you are living with depression or anxiety, the sense of hopelessness and fear that things will never change over time can become disabling. In addition, friends and family members may not understand the struggle you feel, or they may  hold a view of you that keeps you trapped in a role that has long outlived its usefulness.

Working together in a depth psychological manner weekly (or more often) basis, provides a quiet and soulful space and time in a busy paced thus stressful world.  This may be one of the few times you create a place to tell and unravel your story, listen to  your dreams, and become aware of the interconnection of the past with present behavior.  It can be very helpful to relate to the greater myths and stories.  Like the story of Sisyphus, we can be unaware how we get swept away by our own or someone else's drama. 

When viewed under different conditions this process can be very rich and fertile process.   Being witnessed, and feeling that you have a safe container allows for transformation, like the butterfly, which to share your story and work towards self discovery mediates true change.  Creating an observant witness, we can get out of the story and live to tell another.

I also find that working with your dream material allows us to be more open and fluid to the imaginary process.   C. G. Jung discovered that dreams perform restorative, corrective, compensatory, prophetic, and developmental roles in our psyche. I approach dream work as one may a piece of art as it speaks to us on many levels.

"We don't solve problems, we outgrow them." -  C. G. Jung

Albert Einstein said that "imagination is more important than knowledge." Often what blocks and depresses us is a failure of imagination.  We don't see options.  Our work together helps wake up and cultivate this great resource we all innately share.   Jung coined the phrase Active Imagination, a tool we can develop and cultivate toward further expanding possibilities and options.

Following the tenets of your own process are explicit to healing. How you feel is how you live.   Learning to tolerate your own anxiety and work through strong feelings is organic and central to the process.

dragonflyThe Dragon Fly is an ancient symbol for illusion. Illusions can be perceived as old thought patterns that flutter around keeping us stuck and unhappy. Some sessions may be painful, others revelatory, others confusing, others uplifting. As we stay with the symbol of the Dragonfly we understand how all of the feelings evoked by psychotherapy are important to the work.

I offer psychotherapy grounded in the psychology of C. G. Jung, developmental theory, and psycho dynamic approaches in which the therapeutic relationship is central to the process of change and growth.