Why I became a therapist

Why I became a therapist

The weather’s been gorgeous. The tulips are blooming. The first day of spring has arrived here in Northern California. A perfect day to share my big news with you: on February 27th I passed the final test and am now officially a licensed professional clinical counselor! You might be wondering what all this means. Well, … Continue reading

in the time of our lives

in the time of our lives

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make a deeper feelings mandala

make a deeper feelings mandala

Last month I sent my newsletter subscribers some ideas for reflecting on their deeper needs. I asked them to set aside (for the moment) any resolutions or actions they planned to take this year and simply check in with themselves by finishing these sentences: I am… I have… I feel… Why not try it yourself … Continue reading

inner work: shadows & light

inner work: shadows & light

Adrift. Betwixt. Between. Limbo. I was feeling all of it last November when I realized I needed a creative ritual to see me through the end of the year. For a couple of days I pondered one compelling idea after another, until finally settling on what was right in front of me: writing prompts I’d … Continue reading

take care: for all of us

take care: for all of us

These words–Take Care–I’m very familiar with them. I regularly sign off with them on emails, cards, letters and the like. And even though they’re kind of old fashioned, I always send them out with a deep wish for the person receiving them to feel cared for and about by me, as well as by themselves … Continue reading

Year End Wisdom

Year End Wisdom

You are wise. How do I know that? Well, you can’t do the work I do without realizing at some point that people are filled with ocean-deep understanding, about themselves and about life. Of course, it’s easy to get disconnected from this inner wisdom. We forget and remember it a million times in our lives, … Continue reading

period of adjustment

period of adjustment

The acorns have been dropping for well over a month. Tink! Clang! Thud! Bing! Donk! They rain down on the tile roof and the wood deck, making all kinds of racket. When you’re in the house and the wind picks up, it’s like a mighty hail storm’s going on out there, complete with gargantuan chunks of ice. (Only they’re … Continue reading

create something just for you

create something just for you

I need a creative ritual. That’s what I’ve been thinking lately, as I get closer and closer to end of my journey. (By the way, I passed my first test!) As much as I need to focus now, I also need to be grounded by a small creative practice. I’ve had to relegate a lot … Continue reading

be like jazz

be like jazz

be like jazz::improvise Although I no longer read the newspaper each day, I do luxuriate in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. Especially the “pink” section, the ubiquitous weekly insert that covers arts and entertainment. I can’t even remember a time when there wasn’t a pink section; for all I know it’s been around since I … Continue reading

living deep: thank you to all who make the journey

living deep: thank you to all who make the journey

Sometimes I’ll get a note or an email from a client I worked with years ago. And I do mean years ago. Like maybe a decade ago, because I’ve been counseling and coaching, in one professional incarnation or another, for over 13 years. When these missives arrive from former clients my first response is always … Continue reading