As a psychotherapist and as a person I am convinced that compassion and humor are the keys to emotional health and to the relief of chronic unhappiness.
An important intention in my practice is to help clients relate to their problems as opportunities for awakening and growth, rather than as obstacles that must be uprooted. Our practice and work is learning how to hold difficult feelings with kindness and care. We create a therapeutic environment – a supportive and encouraging space in which to express curiosity and develop a capacity for compassion, spontaneity and creativity.
A consistent goal, regardless of the presenting challenge, is increasing ones capacity for spontaneity and creativity. Whether it means having more flexibility in how we are responding to a difficult situation or feeling state, or learning how to identify habitual patterns that serve no useful purpose. We all have our own growing edge. Part of our work is to define that edge and to grow the edge.
I have expanded my approach to psychotherapy through a continuing practice of meditation and study of Buddhist Psychology. I have studied “Innate Compassion and Wisdom” practices with Professor John Makransky of Boston College, founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion. I attend retreats where I study with Tsokny Rinposhe. I have found that Meditation can enhance conventional therapeutic approaches while Buddhist principles embody both compassion and mindfulness.
I am drawn to the collaboration between psychotherapy, creativity and mindfulness practice, (an interest which grew out of my early involvement in the performing arts). I received my formal psychodramatic training at The Sociometric Institute in NYC. Psychodrama allows me the option of using experiential action, (role play, enactment, movement and art), as an additional avenue of examination and learning.