I am a therapist in Christchurch. I provide therapy and counseling for individuals, couples, marriages, families and groups. I have worked with some of the most difficult cases in mental health field, cases that had been given up on by established and seasoned psychologists. Over time, and with dedicated work put forth by both of us, we have seen happy resolution pursuant to breaking thru the impasse.
I am irresistibly drawn to Depth Psychology. Depth psychology is a field that honors and integrates Psychoanalysis, Jungian Psychology, Object Relations Approach and Self Psychology. All these fields of psychology hold creativity to be a life force that initiated, and now sustains the universe. As such, creative endeavors – dreams, music, art, play, literature, mythology and writing – are viewed as modes of engaging and expressing the traumatised unconscious where the problems originate from. These art forms find a natural place in therapeutic processes and in expression of our instinctual strivings as a species.
I believe there are no shortcuts to wisdom, and only the heat from the furnace of life enables purification of the inner gold. Suffering is a constant in life. It is given to us so we can develop an experientially informed perspective on the nature of life, and our role in the the creative phenomenon. The goal of therapy is to extract the essence of life – wisdom – from such suffering. The solution to our suffering, and the building blocks of consequentional growth, all lie within our psyche.
In some cases prescription medication may impede therapeutic progress by suppressing symptoms like anxiety, depression, even ADHD. Symptoms carry messages from the unconscious, messages that need to be understood in context of the underlying problems that cause these symptoms. Often the symptoms themselves provide a glimpse to the solutions to our sufferings. Suppression of these symptoms through the use of medication often – not always but often – leads to losing access to the richest materials emerging from the unconscious – material that may carry an insight into the cause and the solution of the suffering. If the symptoms are merely suppressed, psychological issues may remain dormant and/or accumulate silently, causing increased psychological as well as physiological/medical distress later on.
That is not to say medication is not sometimes necessary. However, we live in trigger happy times, and medication is usually not a solution to every ailment. There are healthier ways that lead towards balance.
I am a qualified Counselor with relevant qualifications to practice counseling in New Zealand. At various times in my life I’ve had life experiences that involved complete ecstasy as well as deep, debilitating trauma, and have been successful in transcending and growing from both kinds of experiences. In the last 50 years I have lived in India, Middle East, Australia and US, and am here in Christchurch now. I am deeply connected with various religions and cultures. These deep, experiential understandings create an appreciation of life issues and diversity and they help me understand people in a much deeper and meaningful way.
I don’t profess to “fix” people. What I offer is a rewarding experience that will make you understand who you truly are. It sounds a bit corny, but honestly, most of us trudge thru life without knowing ourselves. That is what the journey of life is about. It is a quest to understand ourselves. And the sooner you do, more holistic and together you will be.