A Synergistic Approach
“To accept some idea of truth without experiencing it is like a painting of a cake on paper which you cannot eat.”
- Suzuki Roshi
"Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering"
- Carl Jung
"Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity"
- Sigmund Freud
Existential psychology recognizes four ultimate concerns or givens of the human condition with which we are all confronted:
Death, Freedom, Isolation, and Meaninglessness
Research shows that it matters not what theoretical orientation the clinician has. What matters is the bond, trust, and respect that builds in the counseling session. This is done with time and commitment from both sides.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Old attachments, distorted perceptions and strong emotions inevitably produce suffering in our lives. This is not new. I believe our greatest pain can be the source of our greatest strength. I believe in facilitating the coming about of this process.
New growth is available to us all. The primary witness has to do with the capacity to develop a strong observer in our experience—rather than be engaged and reactive with old survival patterns. Freshness and spaciousness towards life is always available.