“My clinical focus is psychodynamic as it includes the factors that I believe are the most fruitfully incisive in understanding the structures of both my patients and myself.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My choice in career was the result of combining various interests and passions, including speculative philosophy, depth psychology, science, and spirituality. I spent 27 years keeping a journal, which eventually turned into published and original research on the nature and uses of meaningful coincidences (synchronicities). My clinical focus is psychodynamic as it includes the factors that I believe are the most fruitfully incisive in understanding the structures of both my patients and myself. It also eliminates the factors that feel the most unnecessary. I am a licensed psychoanalyst with a PhD in vocational rehabilitation counseling.
What should someone know about working with you?
During intake sessions, I ask a number of important questions so I can learn more about you and your reasons for choosing therapy. I ask why you made an appointment, whether you’ve tried therapy before, if there was a straw that broke the camel’s back (causing you to break out your phone and make an appointment), and what you’d like to change. I offer many suggestions for relevant activity but I don’t assign homework. I am a believer that significant change best occurs in an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and basic trust.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I have spent a number of years in private supervision as well as group supervision. I have regularly consulted my peers for advice and guidance and believe that collaboration not only benefits me but it benefits my clients, too. When providers work with each other, we treat the individual from a perspective of wholeness.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
My advice to someone who is hesitant to try therapy is to commit to a trial period of about ten sessions. Within that time period, they should have a good idea of what therapy can and cannot do for them. They’ll also be able to tell if we’re a good fit or if they would benefit from trying someone new.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I’ve researched the perplexities and challenges of the nature and uses of meaningful coincidences (synchronicities) for the past 50 years. Eventually, I took what I learned and published a book titled, "Demystifying Meaningful Coincidences (Synchronicities): The Evolving Self, The Personal Unconscious, and The Creative Process." I’ve also written a number of research papers on this same subject. My original synchronicity theory is entirely naturalistic, non-Jungian, non-mystical, and non-magical. My interest in this material enables me to effectively work with synchronicity-prone patients by providing a pathway that connects them with their idiosyncratic creative process.
“I am a believer that significant change best occurs in an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and basic trust.”