Projective Personality Assessment
"What the heck is THAT?
People are so fundamentally expressive of who they are, that a trained clinician can do a very thorough personality assessment by analyzing materials you put together at home. Simple stuff . . . preparing a sample of your handwriting, recording dreams that you wake up with (or have had over the course of your life), pictures I have you draw, stories I have you make up, etc. You submit, I analyze, and then I share my feedback, going over much of your stuff to show you what you are actually (unknowingly) communicating about yourself.
What can you hope to learn?
Lots! This is a big picture look at who you are and where you are at in your life. I can help you see blind spots. If you have a symptom, this technique has us 'looking under the hood.' If therapy has not helped you resolve a longstanding complaint, you likely have not actually understood the root problem. Projective psychology can help with that. Very often what you think is a problem is actually the unconscious mind's solution to ANOTHER problem, which you may not know about. Solve the main problem, and things can suddenly start to shift!
When should a person consider getting this sort of assessment?
People sometimes come in because they have a longstanding problem they are looking for help with; other times they are looking for insight. Should I change careers? Are there other talents I should develop? Where am I in my life? What's my next step? Is there a block which prevents me from finding a healthy relationship? The myriad of life questions, in a moment where you may be looking for input or direction.
I've been doing this specialized work for 25+ years, and have, at times, helped clients address issues that were refractory to treatment.
I look at problems using a wide lens; I'm interested in the ways nutrition effects mental health, Chinese medical theory informs our understanding of psychological difficulties and cognitive processing sometimes effects social and psychological function. In other words, this assessment looks at the big picture; it's not just limited to the psychological aspect of your life.
What does the process entail?
Watch the video to get a sense of the materials you would need to submit. If you are interested to have an assessment, we need to talk on the phone, so I can understand your issue or interest. Let's get a feeling whether this work is a good fit for you.
If you and I have the feeling that this could be useful for you, read here about the materials you would be preparing. You would bring those materials to your first appointment.
At that appointment, I would administer additional tests and take a history. After that meeting, I then analyze all your materials. At the feedback session, I would be reviewing much of what you submitted, giving you an extensive download . . .The cartography of you!!
How do I know if this is for me?
Easy. Here's the litmus test: Does this sound fascinating to you? Like, "Wow! So cool!"? Not so much? This is not for you!
If this sounds completely intriguing, then you will not be disappointed! My clientele are 'customer evangelists'. They send me all their friends!
I'm always surprised that my clients are not all artistic types (though many are!). I've worked with physicians, executives, lawyers, filmmakers, professors . . . the list goes on and on. The common denominator is interest, not any given professional designation.
Learn more . . .
You can read journalists' experience
"What's in the Way You Write" by Rebecca Payne in the Annex Gleaner, March 2011
"Read on for What Your Handwriting Says about You" by Valerie Berenyi, Calgary Herald, June 13, 2010
"Mind Your P's and Q's" by Carolin Vesely, Winnipeg Free Press, January 2, 2010
"Graphology: It's Kabbalistic, not Voodoo" by Shlomit Krieger, The Jewish Tribune, August, 2005
"Jewish Mysticism Can Help You Achieve 'Robust Health'" by Sheri Shefa, Canadian Jewish News, February 8, 2007
"Handwriting Analysis Provides Glimpse into the Person Behind the Pen" by Justin Skinner, InsideToronto.com
"What Your Writing Reveals: Graphology is a Legitimate Clinical Science" by Ali Schwabe, The Fulcrum, November 21, 2012
"The (Unwritten) Laws of Handwriting" College Press Releases & Wire Services, April 18, 2013