cannot be taught by
words. It is only possible by
personal contact and by
C. G. Jung
Sullivan, Ph.D., MFT.
Jungian Analyst and Psychotherapist
your stage of life or the nature of your personal struggle, your psyche is looking
for ways to grow. As we listen to the difficulties that bring you to therapy,
you will hear them anew. A dream, an image, an overlooked thought emerges and,
unexpectedly, you witness previously hidden obstacles to your growth. As we face
them together, your creativity can fully emerge to help you forge a new path where
you appeared to be entrenched.
I work with adults engaged
with a wide range of difficulties from relationship issues, problems at work,
life transitions, problems with peers, isolation, addictions, sexuality, anxiety,
depression, bipolar illness, grief, trauma, loss, aging, and physical illness.
Call for a free phone consultation or to make an initial appointment
to see if I am the right fit for you. (510) 541-0548
children hit puberty, they are flooded with new hormones that prod them to grow
and change not only physically but emotionally, too. Individual teens react differently.
Some pre-teens and teens become much more volatile. Some become more withdrawn.
Others become outright anti-social.
A good psychotherapy relationship
helps a teen to take space and reflect on what he or she is doing. They learn
tools to slow themselves down, if they are impulsive. If they are shut down, they
can learn how to let go. And the anti-social or overly entitled teen gets help
in exploring how they got to be so devaluing or dismissive of parents, teachers,
and peers in ways that prod them to grow.
The teen or pre-teen
suffering with Attention Deficit Disorder or from autistic behaviors gets significant
help from the right, trained therapist. From the experience of relating to the
therapist, a troubled teen not only learns new concrete skills. They also develop
ways to be in relationship with the therapist and themselves that they then bring
out into their world of family, friends, and school. Over time and with practice,
school performance improves, peer relationships get better, and life at home gets
easier for everyone.
the fast moving and changing world in which we live, children are especially vulnerable
to getting out of synch. When they do, they show their difficulty through behaviors
that concern their parents, teachers, siblings and peers.
childhood is such a formative time, children change and develop more quickly than
adults. Though they can suffer with severe problems in behavior, in a trusting
psychotherapy relationship, a child can develop new ways of being that stop behaviors
from becoming entrenched so that they do not become problematic for them over
the course of their life.
Through play, children express what
troubles them. The therapist trained in play therapy enters into their stories
to help them express themselves more deeply. Over time, core issues emerge. The
therapist then works in different ways with both the child and the family to understand
the themes of what is troubling the child. As they partner together, the therapist,
the child, and the parents create an environment more conducive to the child’s
becoming his or her healthier, truer self.
often come to therapy in a state of unresolved conflict or a communication impasse.
Given time and a safe environment, couples can change the habitual behaviors that
fuel disagreement or promote distance.
A therapist trained
in working with couples helps each member to listen to the other more accurately
and empathically. A couple can then rediscover what first drew each to the other
and what kinds of behavior further a loving connection. In the process of careful
listening to each other, couples learn to recognize how outmoded ways of relating
get triggered. Over time and in the safety of a trusting therapy relationship,
each member can partner with the other in new ways that disrupt destructive patterns
at the same time as they create new, enlivening and more loving ways to be together.
Consultation for Psychotherapists
matter how much experience you have as a therapist, consultation offers an opportunity
to listen to your work afresh. In a good consultation relationship, you can explore
the nature of the unique couple you form with each of your patients, learning
in each instance what kind of field you have constructed together, what kinds
of barriers to growth you are mutually caught in, and what kinds of special gifts
the two of you have developed. In the container of the unique relationship that
we create in consultation, your own clinical voice and style can come out and
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