The Uses of Sorrow

Someone I loved once gave
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to
understand that
this, too, was a gift.

Mary Oliver

My therapy style creates a warm environment for clients to hear their lives speak, inwardly and aloud. Pain shared can lead to discovering what is most essential; to uncover one’s own answers, however complicated the path may initially seem.

Some seek therapy to address a particular situation; we will draw upon strengths and resources to find creative solutions. Others, in addressing their present problem, become curious about patterns that keep them feeling unable to change. Strong emotion, repetitive responses in relationship, painful memories, physical symptoms, or images from one’s inner world in dreams may all be doorways toward healing and wholeness. Still others enter therapy seeking to explore deep longing as a call toward living their lives more fully.

My development as a psychotherapist has been informed by family systems theory, attachment theory and its implications for relationship change, narrative therapy, research in neuroscience of the intersect between brain, mind and body, mindfulness practice and Jungian depth psychology.

I completed a Master’s degree in Counseling from Georgia State in 1986 and am licensed as a Professional Counselor in Georgia. My own spiritual journey serves to create deep appreciation for clients’ varied forms of defining what is sacred for them and holds meaning and hope.

I’ve been married since 1988; together we have five sons/stepsons.