rogers family therapy
Based on both my professional and personal background, I am best able to relate to those who have an eclectic mix of culturally rich, empathic (almost to a 'fault') nature.
Many of my clients are high profile artists/writers, successfully creative and extremely bright professionals, attorneys, and psychology students. Often those of us who have learned about life or gained knowledge about our Selves, did so paying close attention to others (and our own) social interactions since childhood.
You may have a wonderfully successful career, a loving relationship or may have actually found your purpose in life (or none of the above). You might still continue to struggle with Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence or the deepest of these three rings of a confidence Self: Self-Worth.
You may find that the kinds of relationships you "find (or lose) your Self" in are significantly influenced by what you are telling people about how you feel about your Self, without saying a single negative Self-deprecating word. As a conventional or unconventional creative or empathic person, you may have been able to successfully help, support and provide insight for others in their lives.
You tend to be better able to be emotionally savvy on stage, on set or in the writer's room, the boardroom but rarely, if ever in the bedroom. Yet you have consistently expressed the very real emotional pain of a lifetime of vas loneliness, consistent confusion and such a strong disconnection from your feelings, that it may feel you don't have any.
You may have been criticized by others (and undoubtedly your Self) for "over thinking," or possessing such a severe lack of empathy for others that you would "only" be equal to that of a "psycho" or "sociopath."
You could be crippled with internal insecurities, high anxiety (panic attacks) or Depression (lack of vitality) or all of the above, Yet, you also have an almost superhero-like ability to provide others with deep insight or effective solutions to their problems.
If this sounds at all like you or someone you love, then you (and/or they) will also find that you are moving through the world and feeling incredibly disappointing and intensely lonely. This loneliness is experienced so viscerally and can build such deep contempt and powerful resentment toward others.
This can be because you feel you have no one is in YOUR corner. No one who is as authentically curious about you or so acutely observant in anticipating your needs at the high level of mindfulness that you have and continue to be for everybody else.
I work from a Jungian perspective although I first make sure that whatever has you feeling the most emotionally safe in our work, that's the best approach for me.
Working with intellectually gifted as well as those who have a particularly high Emotional Intelligent quotient, has helped me help others become aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact others (positively and negatively).
I also encourage people to reflect on the origin and meaning of their experiences. During this process, we discover how patterns of relationship and thought might stand in the way of living a more authentically free, personally satisfying, purposeful, and vibrant lives.
I provide a safe, comfortable environment that supports my clients' efforts to navigate challenging circumstances, and create paths of fulfillment that are uniquely and truly their own. Ultimately, I agree with what my own therapist says, about this often misunderstood and stigmatized process: Therapy succeeds when it helps people align with their deeper Selves, and discover an individual sense of meaning and purpose.