Bainbridge Island sky
bainbridge
Photo by Brittany Powell

Individual Therapy for Adults (Age 20 and older)

People come to therapy when they are having difficulty either locating “the problem” or trying unsuccessfully either to control or change it. Despite their best efforts
  • • A pain or frustration occurred with either more energy or just one time more than they could handle.
  • • A new phase of life dropped them ill equipped for the complexities of the new terrain.

The resulting confusion, withdrawals or blowups are by products of what has yet to be appreciated, described and named. Until then, our suffering multiplies. We pay on a number of levels:

  • • Mood (depressions, anxieties, manic activity)
  • • Sense of Self (Hardened, split, fragmented, deflated, chameleon, fading, inflated, numb)
  • • Somatic conditions (physical pains, sleep difficulties)
  • • Too easily frustrated by others and “little things”

Consequently we are at greater risk for the kind of short-term relief reliably found in addictive use of substances, work, food, exercise or other self-generated behaviors.

It can be both desirable and uncomfortable to develop a new kind of initiative and ease with yourself and others. I can help you find and pay attention to your own voice, claim and appreciate your past, identify its effect on and consequences in your present, and expand your options for freely choosing a more satisfying future.

“To begin with oneself, but not to end with oneself;
to start from oneself, but not to aim at oneself;
to comprehend oneself, but not to be preoccupied with oneself
” —Martin Buber