I have been practicing as a psychotherapist for over 20 years, after having experienced early careers as a geologist, a systems analyst, and a fine artist.
At the time, my work as a scientist and a systems analyst seemed to be balanced by my work as a visual artist. The creative experience of painting after work hours seemed to balance the intellectual and logical requirements of the jobs I performed in order to earn a living. However, the overall experience was not fulfilling or satisfying, and I felt a need to interact more with people.
Since moving into the practice of psychotherapy, I have realized a role that is both fulfilling and deeply satisfying. I no longer feel the urge to produce art as a psychological need to stay in balance. My personal theory is that psychotherapy requires it all, utilizing the logical mind, along with creativity, imagination, and emotional intelligence, all at the same time. It seems to bring everything into play.
I am fortunate to be part of a long term marriage, which helps inform my understanding of couple’s dynamics. We have not had children, so I limit my work with individual children to teens and up.