Adult Individuals - Private Pay only
More than anything else, I practice presence with you and help you develop presence with yourself. For nearly 20 years, I have practiced mindfulness and presence through meditation. It takes me out of the mental experience I can mistake for my life and puts me in direct contact with my actual life. As a result, I have let go of most of my mental experience of depression and anxiety. I love helping others do the same. I bring over 58 years of highly varied life experience, including hospice work, serving as a home health aide, delivering papers, downloading satellite telemetry, writing legal arguments, baking bread, selling books, and teaching college German. I have experienced a lot in my lifetime, including coming out as gay, and can relate to all kinds of problems and experiences.
Therapy is above all a close human relationship. I meet you as my real self, not a professional persona, and serve as a mirror in which you can see your situation and your real self from a new angle, in a new light. I look beneath the surface, and help you do the same, so you can see new aspects of yourself within your world, and available choices that you have never known before. You can develop and benefit from mindful contact with your real life, rather than the unreal mental experience that stirs up most mental trouble. You can come away with a profound understanding of yourself within your real life: the way you miss or make choices, your capacity for choice, your automatic responses, and the ways you get lost and find your way back. The goal is not simply intense emotional experiences or catharsis, but concrete changes that improve your life.
The hardest realities of all call for realism, groundedness and compassionate support. I am trained in hospice work and bereavement counseling. Wanting to help people with death led me into this field in the first place.
Life always involves suffering, and some lives contain more than their share. I can help you discover ways to invest your limited energy that truly serve you, and help you let go of the wasted mental efforts that just make it worse.
I can help you navigate your gender transition challenges, provide an HRT or surgery letter, or just be a therapist you don't have to explain or defend yourself to. I'm Gay. LBQQI all welcome!