Welcome to my blog! I hope whatever you read will enlighten, inspire, encourage, comfort, help and inform you. Some of my posts are about events, festivals, historical personages, and all that I love living here in this magnificent city of light and love. All are written from my heart!
I dedicate this blog to all the beautiful patients who have made me the therapist that I am. They came to me with much courage and I will always treasure them in my heart.
Also with loving memory to my beautiful little Potiron, who was a therapy doggie par excellent.
I have always felt very blessed to be a therapist, which passions me, and to practice in Paris is a dream come true.
My professional journey started almost 30 years ago, when right out of graduate school I hung out my shingle to practice with an established psychiatrist . Our patients were quite varied, which allowed me much exposure in treating multiple mental conditions, with a predominance of anxiety and mood disorders. I loved doing individual therapy from the start, which included hospital base practice for the hospitalised patients, and also running inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy groups.
After approximately 9 years, I went into my solo practice which was tremendously fulfilling, if not more challenging in many ways. During that time, I kept one leg so to speak in hospital based practice by working part-time as a clinical specialist/therapist in general psychiatry and addictions, where I earned prescriptive authority.
I am often asked what kind of therapy I prefer, and that is a difficult question to answer, because it depends on the patient. Each patient presents with different needs and problems. Each have a unique personality and ways that they process information. So there is no cookie cutter approach, as all therapy is individualised.
I am by nature very warm and compassionate who likes a lot of dialogue with my patients. I would say my approach would be very Rogerian, mostly because this is my own natural personality. I like to incorporate the theoretical framework of Jung and enjoy working with dreams and the inevitable synchronicity one finds in our lives. The scope of my therapy is transpersonal and existential . As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said; we are all spiritual beings living in this human experience.
I see that the vast majority of humans as being blind to their true nature as a spark of the divine, and being at lost to their true beauty. My major goal is to gently, with warm compassion lead them back into their true selves.
Coming to Paris was a personal choice stemming from actualising a life long dream of returning here to live. My love affair with Paris and with France started during a junior year abroad many years ago, studying at the Sorbonne. I was smitten and somehow knew that my destiny would lead me back to this beautiful city of light and love.
- I started this blog on June the 14th, 2012, and in two short years it has grown quite a bit, according to my stats, increasing by almost 1000%. There were two main reasons why I wanted to blog, one spiritual and one personal, which I will entail later. After two…
- I have always believed that our soul and the cells in our heart carry painful memories that we would just as well avoid dealing with in our daily conscious. That includes anniversary of the deaths of those we loved with all our heart. I noticed that this past week I…
- The borderline patient is what makes most psychiatrists/therapists cringe, because nothing is ever easy with them. Of all the patients I can think of, they are without a doubt the most difficult and at times plain unmanageable to treat. Anytime I have gone to psychiatric conferences, just the mention…
- When I was just starting out as a therapist, it seemed that I was seeing a lot of anxiety disorder patients. This was because my psychiatrist colleague was well-known as being the sine con ultra in treating them, therefore we drew patients from the three bordering states. Anxiety disorders are…