Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis

A Perspective on Entering Psychotherapy

It takes courage and humility to explore the difficult psychological questions that arise within us, whether the issues are personal or relational. No matter what problem or situation leads you to psychotherapy or analysis, it is crucial that the issue be sensitively understood in the context of your history, personality, and worldview. It is often the case that the symptoms that prompt you to enter treatment are your psyche’s way of calling your attention to important and possibly neglected aspects of your authentic nature. As the problematic symptoms are addressed, you will be better able to explore underlying capacities to engage more fully and with a greater sense of vitality in your personal and professional life.

My role is to facilitate a frank self-inquiry, leading to positive developments in the following areas:

  • Improved self-understanding, self-acceptance, and appreciation in your emotional life
  • An increased sense of purpose, meaning, and enjoyment
    closer and more authentic relationships
  • Greater expression of your potential in your work and as you participate in the larger society

My priority is a to engage with you in a heart-felt conversation that explores your history, and considers your beliefs, attitudes, and approaches to life in new ways. Our sessions will be structured to meet your needs in terms of the frequency of meetings and the type of introspective work done by you outside of sessions, to optimize productivity in accord with your personality style and preferences.

Choose from 3 approaches to psychotherapy and analysis, each customized to your specific needs:

dynamic analytic psychotherapy

Dynamic Analytic Psychotherapy

An engaging, interactive conversation about how your history and beliefs influence your current state of mind and impinge on your sense of vitality.

collaboratively structured analytic psychotherapy

Collaboratively Structured Analytic Psychotherapy™

An innovative, intensive psychotherapy for the highly motivated person seeking a comprehensive process of self-understanding and change.

jungian analysis


A form of psychoanalysis for people who seek a deep, integrated understanding of their own psychological nature and of the psychological forces we encounter in the world.

General Topics Addressed in Psychotherapy or Analysis

  • Concerns about a lack of meaning or fulfillment
  • Self-esteem and identity issues
  • Intimacy/Relationship problems
  • Workplace or Career issues
  • Family and Parenting dynamics
  • Excessive worrying
  • Emotional effects of a specific situation or loss
  • Impact of medical problems on emotional health
  • Performing below potential or a pattern of self-sabotage
  • Creativity blockage
  • Ethical/Political/Cultural concerns

Core elements of psychotherapy and analysis

These are the characteristics of psychotherapy that I believe have the most impact on creating a positive experience and a beneficial outcome:

  • Depth-oriented – the meanings of past and present events, and your hopes and fears about the future will be considered in the context of unconscious influences that have developed from the interaction of personal experience, cultural and historical factors, and your unique personality.
  • Dynamic – engaging, interactive, explorative (the therapist is not passive!).
  • Contemplative – the questions at hand will require both of us to reflect deeply on the qualities, implications and possibilities revealed by our examination and emotional experience of your circumstances, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Symbolic – whenever possible, understanding of your concerns will be enhanced by considering symbolism and metaphor that might be encountered, for example, in dreams, personal experiences, or fictional situations in literature or film that have evoked a strong reaction in you.
  • Relational – in order to facilitate understanding of your inner emotional life and way of relating to others, when it is relevant we will carefully examine the dynamics and experience of our interaction as patient and therapist.
  • Embodied and Soulful – seeking more than just heady or intellectual insight, the therapy or analysis should help you move toward a healthier integration of emotion and felt bodily experience.
  • Solution-focused – the therapy will be grounded in the realities of your life, and focused on the fullest possible expression of the goals you have for your future.
  • Clearly Explained Methodology – the methods, ideas and techniques used in carrying out the therapy will be explained and discussed whenever necessary, creating the strongest possible collaboration in making the therapy effective.