What You Can Expect in a Therapy Session
In the interest of a deep connection with you, I want to share how I work as a therapist. Phone and Skype therapy sessions can be surprisingly deep if you gather up the experiential fragments that feel significant in your week or month, and spontaneously share them with me.
What feels significant in your daily and dream experiences will always a have a theme or a pattern, and I am skillful at suggesting the big picture that is unfolding in your life in order to support you see how life has a benevolent plan for your emotional healing and forward growth!
In session, we look at the hard stuff with kindness and levity, as your problems and dilemmas will always have surprisingly creative ways of showing your emerging growth edge! My family calls me "the laughing therapist," as it is often fun to how see the absurdity of life is ever conspiring towards our emotional healing. Our problems and pain always point the way towards our meaning for being here.
You Do Not Have to be "Broken" to Seek Therapy
Most people I work with on are busy doing other things, and have not had time to investigate emotional healing. I work well with creative individuals who feel motivated to do their own inner work, but have not found the energy to see their troubling dilemmas in a more meaningful framework.
I am trained in transpersonal psychotherapy, and my therapeutic framework holds a "wisdom container" that is large enough to show you that everything that you think, feel and experience has a deeper meaning that is inscribed for your growth.
If you are willing to share honestly with me, your therapy sessions will feel encouraging, deep, interesting, and they will end on a creative and inspiring note. I always share well-developed emotional healing tools and creative "homework" at the end of each session to support to continue to pursue your growth tasks between sessions.
A Depth Perspective on Growth
Because session work with me can be very deep, many choose to work with me on a monthly basis for several years, although this is not required. You are always welcome to end your sessions when you feel complete with our alliance. Because we heal in layers, each layer unfolds a new cycle of growth that takes time to see and integrate. This deep contemplation of you as an individual can support you in transformational ways that your spouse, family or friends may be unable to do.
If you are motivated to heal your emotional pain, and are intent upon doing your inner "homework," you will find that our sessions together feel like a deep and abiding form of spiritual companionship. All aspects of yourself will held in an atmosphere of ongoing sacred interest, respect and love. As we work together to integrate the hurting and fearful parts of yourself into your divine blueprint and purpose, you will feel much more intrinsic motivation to express who you truly are.
Emotional Pain or Repression
If you are struggling with the apathy of emotional repression or are currently overwhelmed with emotional pain, I will support you to start simple, spontaneous "self-noticing" practices outside of session time to help you "meet" your hidden aspects of self.
In order to gain deeper insight into your most troubling dilemmas, all parts of yourself need to be seen and loved. Introducing a small, daily "creative awareness practice" into your life is a great way to invite forth the inner imagery and words to express repressed and rejected parts of self that are longing for expression, acceptance and integration.
You do not need to be an artist in order to maintain a daily self-expression practice.
My main purpose in life is to support people to see, understand and heal emotional pain in fun, creative and spiritual ways. I see all of life as creative, and I work just as well with people who like to create art, as those who do not.
If you are not attracted to creating art or writing in a journal, we can look at your entire life as work of art - because it is! If you do not want to maintain an artistic expression practice, simply log your significant experiences and dreams in a little notebook, and bring your "observation notes" to session.
We heal when we learn how to love all parts of ourselves, and the significant fragments of your life, relationships and dreams provide all the information we need. I am accustomed to working compassionately in the deepest, darkest, most shame provoking places with people. Every part of you is welcome to express itself in our sessions in an atmosphere of respect, acceptance and love.
Creating Art in Your Online Sessions
If you prefer to create art during your Skype sessions (instead of between sessions), and want to tap into your intuitive mind through art dialogue, I invite you to bring your art materials to your session, and we can explore a "visual conversation" together.
Typically, I ask that you bring a few magazines, scissors, a glue stick, some watercolour paints, oil pastels, markers and pens, as well as journal to create within. Together, we will do some short intuitive art and writing exercises to tap into both your unconscious and visionary mind.
It is difficult to grow and see ourselves alone. Sessions will focus on the parts of your inner world that feel unseen and socially neglected or rejected. At times, these aspects of yourself might even feel unrecognizable to your everyday mind so we can discover them together.
Having done a tremendous amount of personal psychological and emotional healing work myself and with others, I have a honed sensitivity to see these unloved aspects in others, as they often "peek" their way into conversation, art, writing and dreams.
I find the "Inner Family System" model by Richard Schwartz to a fun and really interesting way to approach a creative therapeutic alliance. I loosely apply it's principles to art and narrative therapy by a term I call Creative Multiplicity.
Therapy does not have to be a hard slug through endless emotional mire. Creativity therapy shows a "way out" of emotional pain in fun, intriguing and inspiring ways. Most people who work with me are creative dreamers who aspire to - or are already running creative or therapy businesses. There is only something hidden within that is holding them back from fully expressing their full potential.
As a therapist, I see myself, as equal to you in spirit, and I love to share what I have learned in my own life journey into my personal pain and darkness to help your life move forward again. I offer compassionate one-to-one therapy by phone and Skype to support you to get in touch with the hidden and neglected parts of yourself that need to be seen, loved and integrated into present time so that you can discover inner peace, self-love and success.
You can book your weekly or monthly sessions on the button below, or if you want to learn more about beginning your creative therapy sessions, write me in the form below.
Note: If you are seeking professional career guidance only, please see Coaching/Mentoring.
$100 CAD - Thank-you for paying for your one hour session one day prior to your Therapy Phone/Skype session.
I look forward to talking to your tomorrow.
"During one of our first sessions, I remember telling you that I was just feeling lost - not like myself at all - that I had lost my sparkle. The uncertainty of all of the changes that I have been going through had really rocked my perception of myself and the world around me.
I am happy to say that I feel like I do have my sparkle back and I am much more comfortable in this incredible world of uncertainty. I realize that I am a work in progress and I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to share a little of this work with you. You have been such a blessing in my life. Thank you."
"I was very troubled and not feeling well. I feel it is very important for me to look back and revisit my notes from our visits in order to better understand what the combination of factors were for my unhappiness so I can best avoid repeating the state I was in.
I've also learned that I shine when I am creatively engaged. It's my best medicine and should always be my medication of choice going forward. The connection to healing and expressing through art has truly been a lifesaver for me and gives me the peace of knowing that I have the tools, ability, and support to be my best and intended creative self. Thus, a life fully lived! Thank you!"
"Just as a burning fire inherently exudes heat, the unconscious inherently generates symbols. It is simply the nature of the unconscious to do so.
As we learn to read those symbols we gain the ability to perceive the workings of the unconscious within us.
This ability to produce symbols affects more than just our dreams: All of human life is nourished by the flow of symbolic imagery from the wellsprings of our unconscious."
- Robert A. Johnson