"Problems can be solved, mysteries only lived." (James Hillman)
Therapy can be both, a problem solving tool and a journey of discovery. The former is often described as 'counselling', the latter as 'psychotherapy' or 'analysis'. The boundaries are fluid.
Depending on the curiosity of the two people present, therapy can take six sessions or a number of years.
More often than not, the therapeutic journey begins with a problem. Whatever has brought you to this website, it is likely to be issues of relating - be it to others or to aspects of your Self. You may be looking for connection in the seemingly dis-connecting world. Or you may belooking for a way out of your relationship to drugs or alcohol, or you may want to leave your depression and inner stuckness behind. Maybe life itself is too much for you, or there is just that feeling of unease that you have been carrying around with you for a long time and that appears to be signalling something that you just cannot decipher on your own.
Whatever your issue, it is likely to be reflected in our encounter and together we will need to decide whether to use a problem solving tool kit, an exploratory approach or both. I see therapy as an encounter which explores the past only in so far as that exploration enables a better experience of the present.
As a therapist I can offer you my presence in this present.
In your sessions we will investigate the issues that you bring and what it means to be human. I will trust the process of our meeting to bring forth what is needed:
We may decide to put the emphasis on the application of practical tools in order to help you move forward; we may decide to go on a journey that, not unlike time travel, sends a much needed companion to your Inner Child of long ago; or we may find ways of bringing the difficult feelings that you are experiencing into the therapy room for you to experiment with and for you to find different responses that help you be more in control of your life.