Clinical Consultation

Mirror of the Whole of Nature
Mirror of the Whole of Nature
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Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away – an ephemeral apparition… I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes.” C.G. Jung

Teaching and consulting to other psychotherapists in their work with children, adolescents, and adults is an important part of my own learning and development as a clinician.  I work within a number of models, primarily classical and post-Jungian analytical psychology informed by intersubjective and relational paradigms. However I also work with and use perspectives from classical psychoanalysis, developmental theories, neuropsychology, attachment theory, self psychology, ego psychology, object relations, and family systems theory.

To set up an appointment please contact me by phone at (510) 207 1082 or send an email to me via the contacts page.

My contribution to the consultation process is primarily to facilitate an open, collaborative, trusting, non-dogmatic approach to learning and thinking about the work.  Clinical learning takes place when the consultee and consultant have the freedom to engage creatively with challenges and questions that come up, sharing the vulnerability that is part of working in depth, both with patients and with one another.  In this light, the subjective experience of the psychotherapist, and how this is understood and contained by the consultant, are central aspects of the work – as is the capacity to consider the work through a range of theoretical lenses rather than being married to just one model.

I have years of experience as a teacher, supervisor, and consultant including supervising for over ten years in the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley and in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program at UCSF.  I have also been a clinical supervisor at the James Goodrich Whitney Clinic at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a member of the clinical consulting faculty at the Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy. For the past several years I have taught a course called “Psychoanalytic Traditions” at Pacifica Graduate Institute which integrates psychoanalytic perspectives with both Jungian and archetypal psychology. I have taught other classes and seminars on developmental psychology, child psychotherapy, attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis, and more.