“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”
This is a quote by the memoirist Fredrick Buechner to which I have returned again and again. There is great benefit to be found from really tuning in and listening to our heart and mind. What are these voices saying to you? Do you sense a disconnect between your desires in life and the person you present to others?
In my work with individuals, it is my aim to create a safe and welcoming space where one feels known and accepted exactly as they are. It is from this place of acceptance, that one gradually is able to share more and more of their journey, including the painful parts. Feeling deeply heard and understood is often a starting point toward transformation.
Here is a partial description of work I have done with others:
I have many years’ experience working with and among older adults and the many and perplexing issues which aging brings, including: career transitions and retirement, the struggle to find a new identity after retirement, the challenges of health issues or disability, the need to make new living arrangements due to health or family concerns, and finally contemplating the final transition which all of us will one day face.
One of the many challenges that face those living with chronic pain and illness is isolation. We do not feel understood by friends and family, while others may refuse to believe one has a disabling condition because it is not visible. Chronic illness is often accompanied by depression, or, the inability to accept that things could ever get better.
I have experienced the bewildering challenge of going back to College after a long break. Anxiety and self-doubts abounded! I have also been a college educator for a number of years, and have assisted many students who are transitioning from high school to college life. Launching oneself into career also offers many difficulties.
The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard has said, ”Life must be lived looking forward, but can only be understood looking backward.”
It would be my privilege to work with you to bring both past and present into focus as you look forward to the path life has for you.
Philip is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 105133), a Gerontologist (MSG – specialist in older adulthood), an Educational Psychologist (PhD) by training, and someone who has grown and learned through the sometimes painful crucible of life experience.
‘One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and not roam’ – Friedrich Nietzsche