"...to speak, to orient myself, to find out where I was and where I was meant to go." Paul Celan
There are many reasons why people come into psychotherapy. These reasons can include depression, anxiety, loneliness, past traumas, loss, emptiness, psychological reactions to medical illness and pain, and nightmares, as well as the desire to learn and grow personally and interpersonally. In my experience the pains and worries lose some of their sting through the therapeutic process so that life feels both more manageable as well as richer and livelier. Working together enables this process to make meaning in a safe environment where there is time to explore in depth and to heal, with the benefit of another's trained presence and support.
This is a process that involves a commitment to your own health and growth. It allows you to recognize your strength as well as pain in the reflective and exploratory process. There is an opportunity to make a lasting difference in your life and to become more aware of your own feelings, including where they may lead you in order to live in a more meaningful and alive way.
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, Calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-- over and over announcing your place in the family of things.
Lane A. Gerber, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. 6500 50th Avenue N.E. Seattle, WA 98115 206/522-5514