In Greek mythology the character of Sisyphus, as a consequence of committing multiple crimes and violations in his life, is sentenced by the god Zeus to an unusually severe punishment in Hades.
He is condemned to roll a large stone to the top of a hill. Upon reaching the top, the stone immediately rolls down again.
Sisyphus is left to push the stone up again and have it roll down again in perpetuity.
I offer a safe place and a compassionate presence within which you can put down your stone, whatever it may represent, breathe, and take time to reflect.
You may feel as if you are continually pushing against some sort of obstacle, be it internal or external, and experience a sense of frustration and futility at being stuck. If you are living with depression or anxiety, the sense of hopelessness and fear that things will never change can become disabling. In addition, friends and family members can hold a view of you that keeps you trapped in a role that has long outlived its usefulness.
Working together in depth on a weekly (or more often) basis, unraveling your story, hearing about your dreams, and being aware of the interconnection of the past with present behavior can be a very rich and fertile process. Feeling witnessed, and having a safe container in which to share your story and work towards change, is important.
Learning to tolerate and work through strong feelings is central to the process. Some sessions will be painful, others revelatory, others confusing, others uplifting. All of the feelings evoked by psychotherapy are important to the work.
I offer psychotherapy grounded in the psychology of C.G. Jung, developmental theory, and psychodynamic approaches in which the therapeutic relationship is central to the process of change and growth.
My approach includes opportunities for accessing the active imagination through sandplay and expressive arts interwoven, as appropriate, within the dialogue of talk therapy.
That fence out the world,
For the fire makes a circle
So that no one sees you anymore.
But darkness holds it all:
The shape and the flame,
The animal and myself,
How it holds them,
All powers, all sight–
And it is possible: its great strength is breaking into my body.
I have faith in the night.
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