The Tools, the Tactics, the Technique

Here's an interesting rule of thumb.

Any disruptive symptom may be a problem but is never the problem. Symptoms are actually the unconscious mind's attempt to solve another problem, hidden from view, but effectively managed by seemingly unproductive patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving. The key, then, is to identify the root problem and solve that. Tenacious symptoms often fade away when their raison d'etre is no more.

Surprisingly, projective personality assessment measures can uncover much of the genius of individuality while also revealing the architecture of the symptoms: how they work, what they do. With the root problem revealed, brief therapy methods target change by developing resources within the conscious and the unconscious mind. We reconfigure those mechanisms which had previously maintained the symptom.

This approach has been used successfully with tenacious obsessive-compulsive conditions and other confounding mental health problems. More generally, I specialize in work with difficult conditions which have not been responsive to standard psychotherapy or drug therapies.


My model and techniques are derived from the work of psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson, M.D. and are strongly influenced by the psychology of Carl Jung and that of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I also use EMDR and NLP techniques in my work, as well as techniques from Internal Family Systems work. And I am informed by the ways nutrition and lifestyle factors effect mental health, often over-looked variables which will make or break a successful recovery.

My work is technical, and I often liken it to Pilates, a type of exercise which targets very specific goals, depending on the muscular patterns that characterize any given individual. The task is to look 'under the hood', assess the various component parts that characterize a fully developed psyche and determine which are amply developed, which are over-developed and overused, which are undeveloped, and then to remediate imbalances, using interventions which target both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind.


As we go along, we collect feedback from the unconscious, in the form of dreams and spontaneous associations, postcards from the heart of hearts, to make sure we are on track. Expect to forge a deeper connection to the essential nature that lurks in the inner depths, an anchor and inner compass that leads you productively forward.

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