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Women in Midlife
You’ve always done things right. You were a good daughter, a good wife, a good mom. You got good grades, the right major, the good job. But everyone wants more from you. The work is never done.
You’re exhausted. Maybe you feel numb, which is better than feeling something worse than numb, right?
You’ve been so busy taking care of everyone else and fulfilling expectations that somewhere along the way you’ve lost yourself.
It’s time to make some major changes:
“There has to be more than this, what’s the point?!?!”
You’re not happy.. . At all.
You’re smart, you have to be able to figure this out, but it’s keeping you up at night.
There is something more than this. What works in the first 30 to 40 years of your life isn’t the best option for the second half of life.
The answers are hidden in the symbols of your dreams. You just have to unlock it.
There’s a problem with current pop therapy. The more you control your thoughts, the more you put yourself at odds with the part of you that’s been pushed away for so long. That part of you is deep, creative energy of your unconscious. It manifests through symptoms in your body. Maybe it’s the migraine when you push too hard, a stomachache, pinched shoulders, a rock in your chest. Either way, when we push away negative thoughts, we banish the vulnerable parts of ourselves away. Our emotions don’t communicate through rational thought. It’s a different part of the brain.
Sound Like You?
Do you struggle with differentiating between anxiety and your intuition so you don’t know what you really want?
Perhaps you feel this deep call burning within you and that voice inside begging you that you “just can’t do this anymore.”
Or maybe you just can’t imagine what a new way would look like, in practical terms.
Sometimes you even wish you could escape and magically be a different person.
Therapy Helps you Navigate Uncharted Territory
Together we can teach you to listen to your body as an internal compass to chart a new path forward
Carl Jung said that “life really does begin at 40, up until then you are just doing research.” This is contrary to what culture is telling us about glorifying youth and being “over the hill.”
What if this is a turning point for you? It’s a new signpost leading the way to a new way of living, of being in the world, or relating to yourself. So, you don’t have unending energy you had in your twenties and you’ve come across a few wrinkles and more than a few gray hairs. This shift can be a rich journey of discovery and fulfillment.
And you know what? It’s different for women than it is for men. Women don’t necessarily follow the hero’s journey. There is a different path of descent, of letting go, transforming, and recovering lost things from the depths.
There are ways to be in the world that can be more rewarding that doesn’t base our value solely on our sex appeal or our fertility.
This deep, primordial part of our selves that guides us to a sense of purpose and spirituality speaks through images and through symptoms.
Your Soul Runs Deep
I want you to know… full healing is possible.
In art therapy, we uncover those images in the symbolism that arises in your artwork. It might be a set of colors or a particular theme of shapes. It could be a recurring dream theme, too. Either way, you do have an internal compass.
I help people understand who they are, where they’ve been, and where they want to go with their lives. I put you back in the driver’s seat of your own life. I also help you make amends with what your body tells you and make it safe to feel again.
I can’t tell you exactly where this journey will take you, but you will find relief, a more profound sense of meaning and purpose, and feel like your life path can make sense again.
Honestly, it’s more than that. We work with symbolic themes and motifs such as myths, fairy tales, dream content, and goddesses so that you can imbue new archetypal patterns in your life to co-create energies into your whole being. The therapeutic process changes your entire experience of the world and can be an enchanting, spiritual journey.
It’s fascinating. It can feel like the most luxurious meal after not eating enough all day. This process is about something other than fitting into some health metric based on generalized research. This process is about your sense of who you are, unfolding in an embodied, harmonious way.
Dream work is fulfilling and enriching. Read more about how I work with dreams here.
join me to start the work of individualized transformation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I’ve never been to therapy before?
“You talk about depth psychology as the next step after traditional therapy, but what if I’ve never been to therapy before? Is depth work right for me?”
Short answer: yes. While I do talk about depth psychology as the next phase of therapy after doing some foundational work, I can help you with that as well. If you’ve never been in therapy before, I will help you build the skills you need to dive further.
No one plunges into the depths of the ocean without first knowing how to use SCUBA gear. The same is true for depth psychotherapy. We will first work to establish some appropriate ways to help you when/if you feel overwhelmed. This could be through some breathing exercises, meditation, or other grounding techniques. Once you feel confident in your ability to deal with distress, we can begin wading in. This is always at your pace and when you are ready. I am always assessing your comfort. This is one of the beauties of depth psychotherapy. I am not following a strict protocol or worksheet. Life is not a fill-in-the-blank; your psyche isn’t either. I try to attune to your needs and comfort level as you are ready for each step.
Is Depth Psychotherapy really better than CBT?
It’s really not a matter of which one is better or worse than the other as both serve a function. If you are in constant distress or in a crisis, CBT and/or medication may be the first step to helping you find relief the fastest.
If you are ready to dive deeper into your subconscious and develop a greater sense of awareness and fulfillment, depth psychotherapy may be a good fit for you.
How long does depth work take?
The answer, of course, is it varies. True depth work is never-ending and many clients find benefit in either continued work or revisiting it over the course of many years. As much as we know, there is so much that we do not yet understand- the unconscious mind is just one part of that mystery.
Most clients will work with me for a minimum of weekly sessions for 3 to 6 months. After that, they may choose to continue with ongoing work to enhance their lives. I will work with you to determine what fits best for you.
How do I get started with depth therapy in Columbus?
Getting started is easy. The first step is to schedule your free, online initial consultation. During this conversation, we will explore your goals for therapy, give you the opportunity to ask questions about how I work, and determine if we are a great fit for each other. If we feel like we can jam, we will then schedule your intake session ASAP.