I provide gay-affirmative psychotherapy within the context of a genuine, collaborative relationship. I have been described as present, interactive, and compassionate, with a dark and playful sense of humor. I don’t retreat behind a notepad, or shy away from sharing my feelings, when helpful. I am empathic, practical and direct. While in session, I sometimes think out loud and encourage clients to do the same. In my view, therapy should provide a safe, confidential, and supportive environment, so there is no thought, feeling, or imagining that cannot be shared. My task as therapist is to accompany you on a unique and collaborative journey to your most authentic self.
Some clients are drawn to my practice because of their interest in Jungian psychology, but this is not a prerequisite. My work with clients involves a blend of approaches, and does not adhere to a particular method or technique. I try to do what will help you the most, making use of my years of training and experience. My eclectic background, as well as my training as a musician, have enriched my capacity to engage creatively with client issues, imagination, and dreams.
Jungian Oriented Psychotherapy, Individuals, Couples, Gay/bisexual Mens’ Group, EMDR, Dreamwork
The Gay/Bi Men’s Process Group will have openings for September 2012 This long-standing (10 years) group meets Tuesday evenings at my downtown office. The group focus is experiential, and provides an excellent growth opportunity for men to take emotional risks, obtain feedback, process coming out issues, and explore deepened ways of relating to other men. The fee is $40 per session. Please call 503-224-0033 for more information. Click for details.
In addition to my background in Jungian and relational psychologies, I am versed in shorter-term schools of thought, including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and EMDR, a technique to resolve the effects of trauma. I encourage an awareness of what is happening in the body in order to generate a quality of experience that can bypass thought and “stuck places.” Research indicates that the quality of the client and therapist relationship is the most important factor in a therapeutic process. Relational psychotherapy explores the impact of current and past relationships, and focuses on the evolving relationship between the client and therapist as an agent of change. The relational emphasis builds trust so that difficult or painful experiences can be safely explored.
My work with individual clients is also influenced by the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung, who believed that all psychological problems have a spiritual component. We seek psychotherapy because our soul, our very core, is suffering. Through the exploration of dreams and imagination, the Jungian lens allows us to value a more symbolic life, with an understanding that our unconscious communicates what is needed. This work can shed light on the unknown corners of who we are, and free up unrealized creative potential.
I have been in full-time private practice for over thirteen years. I am a clinical social worker licensed to practice by the Oregon Board of Clinical Social Workers. My masters degree in social work is from the Portland State University School of Social Work (1998). Other academic degrees include a B.A. in music from Brandeis University (1977) and a J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law (1984). Currently, I am in training to become a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of the Pacific Northwest.
NOTE: The Gay/Bi Men’s Process Group will have openings for September 2012 This long-standing (10 years) group meets Tuesday evenings at my downtown office. The group focus is experiential, and provides an excellent growth opportunity for men to take emotional risks, obtain feedback, process coming out issues, and explore deepened ways of relating to other men. The fee is $40 per session. Please call 503-224-0033 for more information.