Offer (Etymology): “to sacrifice, present something solemnly or worshipfully as a religious sacrifice, bring an oblation; to present, bestow, bring before; to bear children.”
I tend to work
exceptionally well with
Grief (Former or Current Losses of Various Forms)
“Grief expressed out loud, whether in or out of character, unchoreographed and honest, for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses.” –Martín Prechtel
Working Professionals & Individuals Who Feel Entrapped & Misunderstood
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.”-Henry David Thoreau
People Longing to Remember When They Were Birds & Take Flight Again
“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” -Terry Tempest Williams
People in Liminal Spaces, Life Transitions, and Major Processes of Becoming and Distinction (i.e., LGTBQ+; College Students; Divorce/Break Ups; Career Changes; Spiritual Crisis, etc.)
“During times between worlds there emerge certain ideas and thinkers that are, properly speaking, without a world. Their work is about creating a new world, by necessity.” –Zak Stein
People Grappling with Our Collective Socio-Cultural Identity Crisis
“We need better government, no doubt about it. But we also need better minds, better friendships, better marriages, better communities”. –Wendell Berry
Living & Lost Artists
“Living the life of an artist is not as useful as living our lives as a work of art.” –Martin Prechtel
Grief is not limited to the death of a loved one but also pertains to the disappearance of what we love and care for most in life. Grief is as natural as rain and a sign of health and growth.
Grief around climate change, mass shootings, political tribal warfare, cultural warfare, the pandemic, wealth distribution, all the “isms” that plague our culture…there is plenty to mourn, and it feels like slowing down and acknowledging these losses and misdeeds is what the world is crying for. My sense is that if we can begin to cry for what we deeply love, then the world won’t have to spin in such a dire state of crippling pain.
Honoring and Mending Splits in Our Internal and External Fabrics
It is time to heal the splits. Red vs Blue. Autonomy vs Community. Masculine vs Feminine. Mind vs Body. Earth vs. Human. Rationality vs Intuition. Science vs Spirit. Ronald McDonald vs the Hamburgler. So much division. All that we see on the outside is also reflected within our own psyches.
Inner and outer aren’t as separate as we may initially perceive. It’s time to slow down and listen to all that we have tried to banish and shame from a world in which it was born and inherently belongs.
From years of personal inner work, investigation, and training, I noticed that as my own internal splits slowly embarked on a journey of integration–forming a resilient layer of scar tissue as an artistic nod to remembrance–that the outer world became more and more beautiful and ethereal. And in all the continued looking and exploration, life continues to trend towards delight, even in the mundane, tedious, and ache-full. This is in part why I do this work because I know from my own way-finding that things can become clearer. Metamorphosis is possible with a bit of patience, effort, and the right conditions. I speak this not as a matter of belief but a knowing that lives in the ancient nervous system of my very bones.
“What you knew in your childhood is true; the Otherworld of magic and enchantment is real, sometimes terribly real — and certainly more real than the factual reality which our culture has built up, brick by brick, to shut out colour and light and prevent us from flying.” – Patrick Harpur
“All the people in the world are only yourself pushed out.”
– Neville Goddard
Multicultural, Multi-Perspectival Approaches
My original scholastic passion was culture. I received my BA at Rice University in Anthropology and then a Masters in International Studies at the Korbel School at the University of Denver. I was chronically addicted to the question of what it was like to be something else and fascinated by the various ways groups of people could create stories about what it meant to be human. This curiosity is part of me and shapes the way I work in therapy. In addition to applying my training in western medical models, I love infusing different worldviews, including traditions from wisdom cultures, eastern philosophies, shamanism, poetry, mysticism, etc. into the therapeutic dialogue. Our world is so varied and rich; it would be a tragedy to refuse to celebrate and investigate all that it has to offer.
Alienation, Isolation, Loneliness
All of the divisions within and without have created alienating holes in our collective and intrapersonal landscapes, which have been making us sick psychologically, physically, and spiritually. However, for those who are willing to slow down and step into these holes–holes that are calling out for us to examine and befriend our grief and confusion–therein lies the space and possibility for something magical and new to emerge. We have become fractured and fragmented by a misunderstood myth of separation. We are indeed distinct, unique, and boundaried to an extent, but that is only part of the story. There is another part of the story, which has long been silenced within the collective narrative, from which a more creative, generative, and joyful life can be written.
We find ourselves in an epoch ravaged by loneliness and isolation. If you feel like an alien in this human world, you have just found An Other. Let’s talk and share what we’re finding in our own distinct cosmos. Together, perhaps we can start to remember what it means to be human again.
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable.” –Fred Rogers
“I am human, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.” –Terence
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