Life in Balance
Sacred Play Explorations

Are you an adult or young adult woman or teenage girl?
Are you grieving a recent or more distant loss?

Are you struggling with a life transition?
Are you feeling isolated in these or other struggles?
Is it hard to prioritize yourself personally or professionally?
Is your life generally out-of-balance?
Do you wonder if a more spiritual approach could help?

If you value an integrated holistic wellness or pastoral approach that includes mind, body, and spirit, then my compassionate therapeutic approach may be beneficial for you!  In my 20 years of clinical social work experience and doctoral research, I find that a combination of therapy or coaching with spiritual perspectives and practices helps to transform our ability to move through periods of grief or loss, life transitions, depression or anxiety, self-esteem and identity challenges, relational conflicts, and even professional development.  I am known to be very welcoming, collaborative, and empathic, and I actively work to reduce your anxieties as you enter into a therapeutic or coaching relationship.  Everyone needs a little help and a compassionate ear at some time in their life.

While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary narrative, relational-cultural, and expressive play therapy approaches (or coaching as appropriate) with spiritual direction techniques, we will journey together through loss and grief or unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.  

My own spiritual approach is grounded in a Zen Buddhist mindfulness tradition as a clinical social worker, and I am also trained as an interfaith Unitarian Universalist minister to bring a holistic wellness perspective to mental health care. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that welcomes a diversity of beliefs and practices, including those drawing from any of the world religions or atheism/humanism.  I think of "spirituality" in very broad terms, not necessarily tied to specific religions. Spirituality encompasses our very human drive to connect to experiences of "larger than self" - which can include our practices in relationships, toward nature, with our bodies and our minds as well the various expressive arts or in social justice venues.  My first priority, however, is always attending to your own faith or spiritual practices and helping you to develop these as an additional resource in cultivating a deeper sense of peace, letting go, balance, gratitude, or joy in your life.

If you value such a larger spiritual perspective and are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals and meet your needs.

Please call or email me for an individual, couples, family or group holistic wellness therapy, pastoral counseling, or coaching consultation today.  Evening and weekend appointments are available.  Workshop times are arranged separately.

Find me also through my Good Therapy and  
Psychology Today directory listings.

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