Wisdom is available and present in each of us. It comes to us as a result of using our own thinking and intelligence to make sense of life events and experiences, or of the stories we have heard from others, in ways that add up to understanding ourselves and the world.
I devote my practice to helping individuals identify their own realizations and good ideas, to access their own wisdom. I am most interested in a person’s strengths and stories of capabilities and successes that are lurking in their accounts that may have remained private and silent. Giving voice to them, bringing them out in conversation, gives them strength. These positive elements are noticed as nuggets of wisdom. These nuggets can go together to inform a new and preferred sense of self, and are then available to guide individuals in resolving their specific problems and issues.
Stories of pain and disappointment can make up many therapy sessions, and are carefully considered and unpacked and contextualized, so that the individual has the healing experience of being heard and their pain understood. The problem is discussed as separate from the person, not a defining label forever attached to that person.
I am not focused on pointing out pathologies, or in providing easy answers. Each therapy experience is unique, and guided by the reality of the personal issues that are being addressed.
Therapy is informed by the understanding that each person is the best source for ideas of how change can happen.