I have been practicing psychotherapy for almost 30 years and this is what I know: In times of struggle, people nearly always refer back to what gives their lives meaning as a way to understand the challenges they face...and to inspire hope.
“Meaning making” can emerge from spirtituality, intellectual inspiration, religious belief, nature, a passion for social justice and more. My training as a psychotherapist, and my interest in theology and pastoral care, helps me guide my clients as they explore what inspires them, comforts them and offers perspective. These discussions can center on cultural practices, faith, or any understanding that transcends our daily experiences of modern living.
Working this way is especially helpful in a health crisis, during times of bereavement, grief and loss, a sudden change in family dynamics or during periods of heightened anxiety rooted in larger world issues.
I always work to meet clients, wherever they may be in their lives. If they are part of a faith community, I can refer them to appropriate faith leaders. And I’m happy to collaborate with that person as needed.
Walking with clients on their journey is a privilege and I’m always open to integrating these discussions into our work together.