We all have problems in our lives.
Usually, we solve them bit by bit. Yet, some of us struggle, and can’t even seem to get a handle on them.
About a dozen years ago, I decided I wanted to help those among us who do suffer, so that they might not feel they must. Thus, I returned to graduate school to gain the knowledge and the experience to qualify as a licensed therapist.
Some thought that an unusual career change. Yet, after thirty years in business as an editor, a copywriter and a creative director, it seemed an understandable progression to me. In advertising, I learned much about behavior and psychology in the interest of my clients, and lived life firmly on the ground, rather than bound up in a proud tower. As a result, I also can give my patients insights into both their personal and business lives, the work culture of which they often are too embedded within to fully perceive.
Likewise, I was fortunate to have plied my craft for nearly a decade abroad, primarily in Tokyo. I learned what it was like to be an outsider, to be a stranger in a strange land. I learned that many things we assume about ourselves and our culture to be a given absolute are really rather relative. I learned about the constancy of human nature beneath the trappings of difference. I also learned that in the end, we all seek the same things: The satisfactions of independence and the warmth of relatedness with others.
I was equally fortunate to be well-mentored in my therapeutic training, and to truly understand that a person’s symptoms are expressions of an underlying cause. That the symptoms can change, yet the cause remains the same. That feelings are as significant as facts, for they motivate our thoughts and our actions. Finally and most significantly, that warmth and relatedness are more moving than mere words in forging the trust and confidence that allows people courage to change.
So feel free to give me a call, or email me. Let’s get together and talk, and find out how we can work together to help you create a whole new take on your life.