Presence, Spontaneity, Compassion
My intention for our work is to help you relate to your problems as
opportunities for awakening and growth, rather than obstacles that must be uprooted.
Compassion and humor are essential keys to emotional health and the relief of chronic unhappiness. I believe that our “problems” really aren’t the issue. Our “problem” is how we respond.
A consistent goal in my work is to help people increase their capacity
for spontaneity and creativity in their responses to challenges.
Difficult feelings like shame, anger, fear and grief activate us. We get over-heated, are hijacked by them and lose our “grounded-ness”. These feeling persist and continuously distress us. We want to learn to calm, settle, and soothe ourselves in wholesome ways.
My approach is to attend to difficult feelings with kind curiosity in a “holding environment” – a safe, supportive and encouraging space. This may seem to be counterintuitive, but healing is about embracing all parts of ourselves the best we can. Meeting ourselves where we are – as we are.
I am also drawn to the collaboration between psychotherapy,
creativity, mindful-awareness, and compassion practices. Mindful awareness and compassion offer assistance and guidance.
When we are feeling distressed,
we often forget that there is a larger view.
In simply slowing down, we find that we have access to more choice in our response.
How We Might Work Together
For many clients, the entry point to healing is in relating his or her story to someone who will listen with openness, acceptance, and kindness.
I work with individuals for short, intermittent periods as well as long-term courses. There is no “one size fits all”.
It’s said that there is nothing more challenging than another person. This is definitely true, but I would like to add, there is nothing more rewarding.
The experience of suffering connects us to each other. Even if the source of our suffering appears different, each of us nevertheless experiences loss, impermanence, disappointment and vulnerability in the same way.
Like our clients, therapists also need a safe, caring place to unload, to talk about difficulties and challenges, to acknowledge limitations and growing edges, to take comfort, and to laugh. Often, we too get into automatic patterns. These online mentoring sessions for therapists and mental health practitioners help bring more presence and spontaneity to the role.
I am a TEP, (Trainer, Educator, Practitioner) as well as an LCSW. I train therapists in psychotherapy, sociometry and group psychotherapy. In addition, I offer CEU-training for mental health practitioners and creative arts therapists. The training programs integrate mindful awareness and compassion practices with the therapeutic process that can be applied to individuals, couples and groups. I work with a spectrum of mental health workers. The participants in my personal growth groups can earn hours towards psychodrama credentials.
Our difficulties are the potential seeds of wisdom and freedom. We weave mindful awareness practices into an inter-personal action framework.
Sunday Services at UUCRT
I am a member of the Care Team and occasionally host and present during Sunday services at the UU Congregation at Rock Tavern in New York, an organization that welcomes people of all faith and cultural backgrounds.
“I have deep gratitude for all the learning experiences I have had with Jacquie and Jaye. They have an inspiring gentle presence that they bring to all of their workshops… Jacquie and Jaye have perfectly merged the here & now philosophy of psychodrama with the practice of mindfulness allowing people to develop and rehearse the behaviors of compassion… I encourage every clinician to learn from Jacquie and Jaye as it will grow your own compassion, bring the practice of compassion to your clients, which indeed transforms our communities and world.”