Since you’re looking for healing and spiritual growth, you’re probably tired of your current level of suffering. Entertainment, diversions, addictive substances or processes, and relationships don’t stop you from suffering. Neither do self-help books, one-day seminars, or promises of instant ‘cures.’ From my personal and professional experience, coming into a condition called diversely: Fundamental Well-being, or being Awake, or being Enlightened, will be the end of your unnecessary suffering.
As of March 1, 2020 I’m offering a unique model of individual and group work to facilitate multi-level growth of all students. I start out meeting with students for individual sessions, and then if and when they’re ready, introduce them to group work. I use the word “student” when I refer to you, not “client,” to show you that I consider “therapy” more of an educational process than something I do “to” you. I don’t consider you to be a “walking diagnosis.” You are a totally unique expression of life, learning and growing constantly. Group participation is up to the client/student; if you are not comfortable participating in groups, I am happy to see you individually without you joining a group.
Nonetheless, I do suggest all students participate in group work twice per month and do individual work from one to four times per month depending on your needs, for the reasons I describe below. The group work, being overtly spiritual (and accepting of whatever spiritual/religious background you come from) is not billed to, or paid for, by insurances. That said, it’s only $40 per meeting.
The individual work, since it often delves into psychological/ego issues, and may even address (so-called) current mental health conditions or diagnoses, is billable to insurance companies. You can find more information in the “Fees and Hours” tab.
The modern world of “virtual relationships” is proving to be more unsatisfying than traditional relating, and often brings out the worst, most divisive, and most extreme elements of human nature. To counter this, I work to facilitate teaching people how to create real relationships with people, in real community settings: small groups called “Discovering Enlightenment,” monthly Saturday Satsangs (community gatherings of people interested in Enlightenment) and longer retreats. If you’re relating to a real human being, with a face, a voice and a response to your words, you are more likely to learn how to be kind, compassionate and forgiving.
All that I teach you will be focused through the lens of Transpersonal therapy, meaning that we go deeper than the level of ego to resolve ego issues and see through your ego to the underlying Awareness that’s taught by most of the world’s major spiritual traditions. The work is designed to help students to uncover and celebrate their deepest unfolding and ever-changing uniqueness.
For real help, there needs to be an ax laid to the root of what causes you suffering. These are false beliefs, and ideas about: yourself, others, what you can expect from our culture, and the future. You’re taught to believe that you have a permanent identity called the ego, and that if you pursue its desires and avoid its dislikes, you’ll be happy. How has that worked for you so far? The ego is a mirage and so it will always leave you feeling fundamentally empty or hollow or false, if you identify with it. Instead, you can live a mindful, present-oriented life, where unnecessary suffering is gradually banished. This includes any suffering due to depression, anxiety, and past painful experiences (sometimes called “traumas”).
In our work together, I’ll introduce you to spiritual and psychological interventions that will help move you towards freedom: mindfulness practice, meditation practice, thought-busting (challenging thoughts that appear true but, are lies), making unconscious ‘programs’ within you conscious, and examining the patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that produce so much suffering. We’ll also talk about the current culture, its many contributions to the suffering in your life, and how to begin to create meaningful culture in your community. I have 20 years of experience as a therapist now, 18 years in the condition of Fundamental Well-being, and 17 years as a teacher of awakening or enlightenment. I can offer you a deep level of expertise.
Your own commitment to self-examination requires significant practice or ‘home-work’ which you do between group and individual sessions. Change doesn’t occur without effort but, your efforts will pay off to decrease your suffering beyond what you can imagine.
My goal is to become obsolete in your life. I’m here to teach you how to understand yourself, ‘be your own boss,’ ‘wake up,’ and eventually live without therapy or spiritual guidance. Many of my students find that this work doesn’t need to last a long time: they deal with their issues, learn about their emotional and spiritual lives, learn to manage them, and move on. I actively encourage people to decrease the frequency of our meetings and learn to ‘fly on their own.’
Come in for an introductory consult: there is no obligation to continue, and you just pay the usual fee. Let’s talk about how individual and group sessions can meet your needs for individual healing, experiencing relationships, recreating an authentic sense of community, and discovering Enlightenment.