Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Society for the Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy
Jung Society of Atlanta
New York Open Center
The poet Ranier Maria Rilke advises us to “live the questions”. Think about that for a minute. When I think of that amazing idea, it means a lot to me. It means being open to ourselves and to others. It means we don’t have to carry the burden of ‘knowing’ all the time. We don’t have to be ‘right’, we don’t have to be ‘good’, and we sure as hell don’t have to become someone else’s idea of who we should be.
By living the questions, we engage in a perpetual conversation with ourselves and each other and The Universe… a dialogue where something may be true today, but change tomorrow, or true to part of ourselves, but a challenge to another part, you know… like real life. As we seek to discover who it is we are called to be, we’re in constant search for meaning. Sometimes we have that glistening moment when we find it. The rest of the time, it’s the search that matters. That’s what therapy is about – that search. It’s a safe relationship where you (as an individual, couple or family) can live out your questions with someone to walk alongside and wonder with you. As a therapist, I don’t have all the answers. I do, however, have a profound trust in the process and twenty years worth of experience with the clinical process of the asking. I promise you patience and support, and a bit of a nudge when you need it. I promise that your questions are good ones, and your search will be rewarding if you see it through. If we give ourselves permission to ‘not know’, and be okay with the uncertainty that is part of life, maybe we can find the freedom to be our beautiful, imperfect selves. That takes some guts, yeah? I think humans are at our best when we can say, “I’m not sure of everything 100%, but I have the courage to be myself, I’m willing to do what’s important to me, and I’m willing to love.” If you’re not there yet – I’d like to help.
You can use these links to learn more specifics about the kinds of stuff I work with: Serving LGBTQ; Addiction & Recovery; and Faith Issues. Most of my work is done with an Artistic Approach.
My grown children are living out their questions in sunny California (awesome daughter is a Roller Derby diva who runs a killer comic book store in LA, hipper-than-hipster son is a graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute riding bikes and producing video in Oakland, so that leaves me time to be active in the local music and arts community in Atlanta.