Psychotherapy & Spiritual Guidance
“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.”
~ Emily Dickinson
Welcome to my psychotherapy and spiritual guidance practices.
I am a California State licensed psychotherapist (lic.#50312) with over two decades of experience helping individuals, couples, and families to heal and thrive, as well as training and supervising other therapists in yogic and somatic modalities. My psychological training spans over 20 years and incorporates traditional and alternative approaches to psychotherapy including: psychodynamic, gestalt, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic, transpersonal, and dialectical behavioral therapy. In 2010, I became a certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner and I integrate that modality into my psychotherapy practice. Many of my clients are spiritual practitioners and leaders who wish to complement their spiritual paths with psychological inquiry, but my practice is open to people of all backgrounds.
I believe that psychotherapy is not only about overcoming wounds and working through problems and traumas, but about healing, thriving, becoming relationally healthy, vocationally empowered, and fulfilling our highest potential as human beings. No matter how wounded, traumatized, or unstable the individual, couple, or family feels when entering my practice, I am able to see, and help them to discover, their fundamental goodness and gifts, and provide a steady, safe, compassionate, and confidential space in which healing and thriving can and will emerge. I work with individuals, couples, and in small groups/constellations when appropriate.
These are some ways I work:
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses, who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.
Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest sense, something helpless that needs our love.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
Spiritual Guidance & Consultation
For over 20 years, I have been supporting individuals, teachers and spiritual leaders, and communities to heal, grow, and thrive. My spiritual guidance and consultation practice can be conducted via video conferencing or in-person, and in some cases include community visits.
These are some ways I work:
My spiritual guidance and consultation practice can be conducted via video and outside of the state of California. I consult, mediate, and assist in setting up holistic treatment for spiritual emergencies and crisis, provide support to spiritual teachers and communities in crises, and provide spiritual mentorship/friendship to practitioners from a variety of spiritual traditions.
As a spiritual friend/mentor, I am an ally who supports, serves as a sounding board, and embraces and shares the intensity that the spiritual path often brings. The spiritual path is a rocky road, full of potholes and pitfalls, and not meant to be traveled alone. In some cases, I provide guidance and mentorship for younger and newer spiritual practitioners. In other cases, I offer peer support to teachers and seasoned practitioners, helping them to work with their own challenges in their practices and teaching functions, and being a confidential ally.
In working with spiritual emergencies and crises, I work with complementary holistic modalities and collaborate with other healing professionals to help individuals stabilize from spiritual emergencies and re-integrate into functional, healthy living. Spiritual emergency occurs the spiritual awakenings and openings of healthy spiritual emergence become overwhelming, produce anxiety, impede functioning in daily life, jobs, and relationships. Spiritual emergencies are often misdiagnosed as mental illness. Learn more about Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Emergency here.
I also consult with spiritual communities to create preventative psychological health programs, as well as work with communities in crises and those effected by spiritual trauma. I have successfully mediated conflict in large and small spiritual scandals.