We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them. C.G. Jung
I work with people of all sorts of backgrounds, individuals and couples, who come to me for a variety of reasons. I believe that it is important to see each person as unique, with a life path specific to him or her that is waiting to unfold. It is important for me as an analyst not to make assumptions as to who one is or how one should live. While many challenges that we face in life such as anxiety, depression, shame, career and vocational concerns, aging, grief, relationship difficulties and many others are universal, the form and meaning of these challenges are unique to each person.
Although I work with many different types of people, much of my work is with those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer/questioning and with issues that are commonly faced, such as shame/internalized homophobia, coming out, transitioning, gender experience and expression, aging, HIV and AIDS, sexual compulsivity, substance use and abuse and relationships and dating. I find that the Jungian approach, in its non-pathologizing stance and orient towards meaning and full expression is particularly well suited to LGBTQ people.
Many people do not know that Jung was involved in the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous and understood the mechanism by which recovery takes place; that is, by spiritual transformation. I have a lot of experience working with people who are addicted, in recovery and with those for whom spirituality, both eastern and western, is an integral part of life.
I am on the faculty of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association’s analytic training program and am available for clinical supervision.