Individual Psychotherapy

Individual adults see me for help with many different needs, including doing better in relationships; encountering mid-life crisis, divorce, separation or other life transitions; overcoming non-suicidal depression; coping with grief and loss; reducing stress and worry; 12-step members who have been consistently staying clean and sober and seek personal growth beyond sobriety; students, artists and professionals getting help with writer’s or creative block; and achieving personal or spiritual fulfillment. This list isn’t complete, because each person is unique. My practice serves adults who can reliably and safely cope with basic needs and may face unforeseen challenges. Although I am experienced in working with people in crisis, if you have thoughts of self-harm, struggle with daily functioning, have active substance addictions or like to regularly get high, these are outside my practice focus. Select this link for more on my acceptance criteria.

Here is some more in-depth information to help you identify whether your issue is one I’m likely to address.

Often people come to me because there’s some problem that’s really bothering them, so they want brief, solution-focused therapy. Once we start exploring the issue, they may find there are other issues they want to address. Some of these may not be problems, for example, getting to know themselves better or revisiting an unfulfilled desire that’s been postponed for too long. Sometimes, people who have seen me before return because of some new situation, or, they may want to figure out a puzzling dream.

I offer brief psychotherapy to help people address problems that can be quickly resolved. Sometimes, we may need to meet for more than a few sessions because the problem may be complex, it may involve relationships with other people, old family wounds may need healing — or you may be trying to overcome long-time habitual behaviors. I adjust my method for each person’s situation, working together to efficiently create solutions and exploring in depth when that’s called for.

In all cases, I keep you informed about your treatment plan. I respect your time and budget and am committed to doing the best for you, for instance, referring you to a specialist where I don’t have strong qualifications to address your issue.

If your area of concern isn’t listed below, and you think this may be an area I treat, feel free to call me at 415.271.2350. There’s no charge for your initial phone inquiry or an initial consultation if we decide to meet. I welcome people of any race, religion, or sexual preference.

Life Situations

  • Life transitions
  • Personal contributions to relationship problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Difficulties in achieving life goals
  • Aging or illness
  • Psychotherapy required by a third party — if you have been court-ordered to receive therapy or if you’re getting therapy to meet the requirements of qualifying for disability, please talk to me first. There may be reporting requirements that are outside what I may be able to provide. Also, I only want to provide services for people who want the services themselves.

Symptom Resolution

  • Coaching and therapy for writer’s block or creative block — if you don’t have a mental health diagnosis, our work would be considered coaching and would not be reimbursed by insurance
  • Support and counseling for psychological aspects of depression
  • Anxiety

Self-Discovery and Personal Growth

  • Exploring identity issues
  • Spiritual and religious concerns (for more, please see my page on Spiritual Psychology)
  • Individuation (achieving personal fulfillment by becoming more fully oneself). My approach includes Jungian dreamwork, psychodynamic psychotherapy and collaborative discussion of your life goals
  • Consolidating psychological well-being for people in recovery from addictions and substance abuse — for instance, finding meaning or addressing issues beyond those required to maintain sobriety (for people in long-term, stable recovery)

Psychotherapy as Collaborative Relationship

Each person has a unique personal history and temperament. For this reason, I believe that it’s essential to adjust my approach to you. My methods include cognitive and solution-focused brief therapy, Jungian dreamwork, transpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and education. But what I do is not the most important factor in making our work effective. The healing power of relationship is essential for psychotherapy success.

If you call or meet me, please notice whether or not you feel comfortable with me. That comfort level is often reflected in feelings, questions, concerns, fantasies or dreams. Only you can decide if our personal chemistry will make it easier to speak about difficult issues.

 

To schedule a first appointment please select this link.