Blessings come unexpectedly
It is my abiding belief that there is a fundamental goodness in people, and that most of us truly desire to do the best we can do and be the best we can be.
I also believe that this is the first time we’ve done this life, and we’re all more or less learning how to live our life as we go. In many ways, our life is our own “do-it-yourself” project. and we may go along believing that we know what we’re doing when in fact we don’t. Then we come up against an unmovable obstacle that we can’t seem to work our way through.
When we’re surrounded by seemingly unresolvable questions it can seem impossible to find our way. Especially when we’re standing inside the questions, or when we are the question. Imagine trying to see the back of your own head without a mirror.
I have been a mental health professional and provider of psycho-spiritual direction and counseling for four decades; studying and practicing both Eastern and Western traditions of spirituality and psychology. For over three decades, I’ve taught and provided psychological counseling and spiritual direction for individuals and their families at end-of-life.
For the last two decades, I’ve taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Therapy programs for individuals and groups working with anxiety, depression, chronic pain and illness, trauma, sexual and physical abuse, PTSD, personality disorders, and difficulties with intimacy and relationship issues.
In my study and practice over these years I’ve learned and witnessed that one cannot separate mind, body and spirit — that the answer to life’s most challenging problems do not come by focusing on individual parts of a piece of machinery. We are living, dynamic and intricate beings full of unimaginable possibilities for healing, liberation and wellbeing. In fact, WE are the answer to our own questions.
My approach with clients — whether individuals, couples or groups — is solution focused and draws from this background of study and experience, and from the integrative use of Mindfulness-Based Interventions.