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My Practice of Psychotherapy

Imagine coming to visit someone who sees you as you are, enjoys you, and manages to hold in sight what’s easy to love about you while not sparing you the (sometimes difficult) truth you need in order to move into real happiness. I think psychotherapy can be like that, when you have the right fit.

I’m at a time in my life when I can bring a lot of experience to our meeting. I’ve had a long-standing marriage, raised a child, and tried my hand at several careers. I enjoy seeing young people find the beauty inside, their purpose in life and perhaps their partner. I am intrigued by the weaving of a close relationship with a partner, all the discoveries and inner work it entails and the expansion of one’s being it brings. I have a lot of interest in what it takes to parent a child in this day and age and especially for a woman, what that means for her chosen work. I know something about becoming middle aged, finding my roles and my body changed, and my thirst for meaning and peace grow deeper.

In my practice, I see mostly women and occasionally couples. I like to think of the work between myself and my clients as something we create together as I hear the difficult story and together we walk around it, seeing its color and shape, finding out if there’s a perspective from which the pain of it gives a bit. We might try turning up the volume on a part that seems whispered. We might see where feelings got stuck in the body, and what insight or image might evoke a sense of release. Sand tray miniatures sit on shelves nearby, waiting to be identified as players in the story. “Can you find that person/feeling on the shelf?” I might say. We might look over an angry letter written for clarity (It need not be sent.) to someone from the past, or to God or one’s body. As we sit together with the way it feels, a client might find that just hearing herself describe a problem leads to her understanding how to resolve it. I like to think that all my clients, the atheist as well as the person adhering to a religious tradition, have their paths, all with spirit. Something hopeful calls in our depths, more powerful than our struggles. We might play a little with that, too, if it seems important.

I believe in the power of a healing relationship between my clients and me. I believe that we all have forgotten resources within us that can be reawakened and used in our transformation. I believe that a mutual regard between myself and my clients and a willingness on both our parts to learn in the relationship makes growth possible.

Roberta Gannon may be contacted via her business phone (510) 601-6805.

Roberta Gannon, copyright 2005.