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It is very frustrating to address psychological and spiritual growth
in two separate arenas and if help is needed, to seek help from two
different consultants - usually a psychotherapist and a minister or
spiritual director. I specialize in bringing the two areas of growth
and development together and interweaving attention to both areas. Though
I work with clients of many religious and spiritual traditions, the
focus of my own study and practice is on the integration of psychotherapy
and spiritual growth with the aid of Buddhist philosophy and meditation
Psychological growth and spiritual development takes place within the
three phases of 1) disorder and addiction, 2) existential issues of
isolation, meaning, willing, responsibility, and death; and 3) spiritual
development. Psychotherapy and consultation can address each of these
phases in both a consecutive and interwoven fashion. Each area of development
beautifully enhances and facilitates the others.
PSYCHOTHERAPY I work sometimes
with just a focus on psychological issues. But as therapy progresses,
inevitably some spiritual issues come up. It is helpful to be able to
address both areas with the same professional, and to work with each
issue that comes up in an integrated way. I address issues that regularly
come up in the growth process, looking at each one from the psychological
and then the spiritual/Zen Buddhist perspective. Whether
you are working on matters that contribute to anxiety or depression,
self-esteem, career development, creativity, or any of the other reasons
that you might be coming to therapy, we can address each issue from
both perspectives. My clients have very different religious and spiritual
perspectives. I work with them within the context that is their framework.
It may be Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, or Eastern.
In my writing, I define spirituality according to the phrase quoted
of Yamada Koun Roshi, "The practice of Zen is the perfection of character."
Spirituality is not an interest in something. It is not talking about
or reading something. Spirituality is not even dreaming about something.
Spirituality is actually working towards integrating values into one's
life, and manifesting those values as behavior. It is being something.
When interest, talking, reading, and dreaming moves into behavior, begins
to be integrated into behavior, that is when the real work begins. I
specialize in helping you with this process.
Fees for a telephone consultation
will be arranged prior to the consultation. There will be no fee for
a short consultation of ten minutes or less. I try to charge a minimal or reduced
fee for telephone consultations.