Services

Each experience has its own velocity according to which it wants to be lived if it is to be new, profound, and fruitful. To have wisdom means to discover this velocity in each individual case.

- Rainer Maria Rilke, The Poet's Guide to Life

I offer the following services:

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual therapy allows you to have sessions that are devoted exclusively to you, and it can help you in any situation where you feel alone, uncertain, overwhelmed, or afraid. This includes what you might think of as the “usual” reasons for seeking therapy, such as anxiety, depression, grief, or trauma. But it also includes difficulties such as career struggles, life transitions, spirituality, feeling empty, feeling stuck, and struggles with current events, such as climate change and ecological destruction. If you want to know more about what therapy with me is like, please see what you can expect in therapy and what therapy can do for you.

I offer individual therapy to adults of all ages, 18 and up.

Cost: $150 per session. I also accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and EPO. For other insurance plans, I can provide paperwork for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement for out-of-network services.

Schedule: Sessions are 50 minutes and usually occur weekly.

Undoing the Aloneness of Climate Change: A Circle of Community for Exploring Our Emotions

Many of us feel alone with the growing reality of climate change and the uncertainty it has created about the foundations of our everyday lives. And yet, bearing this kind of existential uncertainty alone is not something we are neurologically wired to do. Without connection with others, the fear, grief, and other intense emotions can be overwhelming and send us into frantic action, paralysis, or avoidance.

This intimate gathering provides a place to turn toward the uncertainty together and explore our emotions together. Why? Because through connection with others, where we can safely explore our experiences, we find not just soothing but also our deeper, natural wisdom. More resources in our magnificent human system—brain and body—become available, and we feel increased well-being and energy. We feel bolstered by a sense of community. We are able to experience more clarity about what we are needing. We begin to experience ourselves as capable, even in the midst of difficulty.

For anyone who is an activist or interested in becoming more active, this experience also nurtures healthy activism. We can only find actions that are both authentic and sustainable for us when we take time to be with our emotions. For those who want specific ideas for taking action, a list of organizations and resources for getting involved and for learning more about climate change will be provided.

Come join us for meaningful exploration of how you and others are experiencing this challenge for humanity, which is calling us to change how we relate to everything: nature, ourselves, and each other.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Price: Donation amount of your choice

Location: My psychotherapy office

Who Is Invited: Anyone who feels alone with or is concerned about climate change is welcome, including previous circle participants.

Registration:To register, go to https://undoing-climate-change-aloneness-aug2019.eventbrite.com.

CEUs: If you happen to be a psychotherapist, CEUs will be available.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be provided up to one week before the event.

Crossing the Threshold Together: A Climate Change Study Group for Psychotherapists

Given our natural curiosity about the subterranean movements of people's inner worlds, we, as therapists, might be wondering, even fascinated about, what's stirring inside people in response to climate change.

What are people truly feeling in response to this existential uncertainty? What are the unseen emotions that have receded into the unconscious because they feel overwhelming or unacceptable? How does the thinning of our ancient interwovenness with nature, starkly revealed by climate change and its twin issue, ecological decline, affect us? How do we tend to reflexively shield ourselves from the emotional reality of it all? And what is moving inside us, both as clinicians and humans? Are we being held and nurtured so we can respond with a vulnerable heart, open eyes, and steady core?

We might feel intensely curious about these kinds of questions, but not have the time, or perhaps the courage, to explore them alone.

I'm excited to offer a study group that will provide a soulful space of curiosity and companionship to explore the psychology of climate change from different perspectives: psychoanalysis; depth psychology; interpersonal neurobiology and attachment; ecopsychology; social philosophy; and other lenses that illuminate the complex emotional dynamics, individual and collective, of climate change.

We will begin with Environmental Melancholia by Renee Lertzman. (If that title makes you want to run away, wait!!!) This book explores one of the most crucial-to-understand and fascinating aspects of our emotional response to climate change: the paralyzing mixture of ambivalence, loss, and anxiety that is often negatively labeled as apathy. Even better, the material is based on Lertzman's psychosocial research in the Great Lakes area, so it emerged from real-life, focused, passionate research into the conflicted, painful feelings about climate change that many of us can relate to.

The group will select subsequent readings based on group consensus, so the focus will vary and provide:

Date: Third Friday of the month, starting October 18, 2019

Time: 10:00am-11:30am (Central Daylight Time)

Price: $50

Location:Online via Zoom meeting platform, which allows you to attend no matter where you live

Who Is Invited: Therapists and counseling students who want to dig deep with others

How to Sign Up: Contact me via email or phone.

CEUs: CEUs will be available for LPCs, LMFTs, and LCSWs who are licensed in Texas.