There are plenty of good therapists in our region to choose from. Whether you have been in therapy before or are wondering if it’s a good idea, there are a couple of important considerations when you are thinking about embarking upon a process in self-discovery. One is whether you and the therapist are a good personality “fit”, starting with whether you can picture yourself developing an unusual, but intimate, relationship with the therapist, and that is best discovered in face to face contact. The second consideration has to do with whether the things the therapist focuses on about you and your world are consistent with what you value. This website is intended to convey an impression of what I value in my work and life.
One of the most serious complications for making conscious change is the unrelenting, frenetic intensity with which our minds can drive us in different directions, sometimes at the same time. When stress amplifies it, your mind may feel like it’s jumped the tracks. I first became aware of this when I began the study and practice of Advaita Vedanta some 40 years ago. In meditation, my first experiences of what a quiet mind felt like simultaneously revealed how chaotic it was most of the time.
Among many benefits of a quieter mind, at the top of the list is nonjudgmental awareness of unhelpful and unnoticed patterns of thinking and responding. These patterns have established robust neural networks through long practice. There are many methods that bring some peace to the mind, and meditating for years is not a prerequisite. Other methods, such as hypnosis and yoga, can also help to distract or quiet the “linear thinking” parts of the mind to allow the intuitive capacities to come forward, including the creative, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves.
The therapeutic model I have found most congruent with the philosophy and practice I learned through Advaita Vedanta is Internal Family Systems, a therapeutic model developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz, with no prior spiritual interest, intuited and refined a therapeutic philosophy and model that may be the closest thing we have to eastern non-dualistic thought in the West at this time. I have borrowed and adapted from a number of orientations, and I work with clients to create individualized practices to take the work you do in our meetings into the rest of your life.