The main goal of my work is to help people of various ages to find ways of making their lives more fulfilling and satisfying. Being true to oneself is central to living a fulfilling life, but it does not come easy to us. Sometimes we experience pain and difficulties. Working on alleviating this pain and understanding ourselves better is also a part of my professional mission.
How does it work?
I provide individual psychotherapy which could be verbal or with the use of Sandplay Therapy, Art Therapy and/or other Creative Arts Therapies approaches. The choice always depends on the individual needs of my clients. The approaches I use allow my clients expressing themselves and also understanding the meaning of their life experiences.
In Art Therapy, clients use various art materials and forms of art and connect to their inner sources of creative energy. In Sandplay Therapy, clients create their sandpictures in a sand tray, using water, stones and various figurines representing people, animals, mythological characters and objects.
I like to compare psychotherapy to a journey that takes the client over a bridge that connects two parts of the client’s life. The therapist is like a careful guide in this journey. The guide has to be there to prevent the client from falling in the water, which sometimes could be very far, at the bottom of a deep canyon.
Imaginary and Symbolic
In my psychotherapy sessions I work with imaginary and symbolic. When we think of a memory or plan our day tomorrow we often do it by ‘imagining’, or by ‘seeing’ pictures of various happenings. Sometimes we dream and those images are ‘symbolic’ or full of meaning which may not be clear to us. Modern science discovered how important dreaming and imagining processes are for our every day’s functioning and good health.
Self-expression through Art or Sandplay allows a person to create an image which is symbolically unique and reflects this person’s inner truth. It is very similar to the process of dreaming, with a difference that one can participate in her/his own dream and be fully aware of it. In my work with images I use Jungian Approach and Dream Analysis and help my clients to learn about the meaning of their dreams.
Approximately a century ago a Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung established a groundbreaking system of analytical psychology, which involved a process of self-analysis and a deep exploration of mythological, religious and cultural symbolism.
The central concept of analytical psychology is individuation, which Jung considered to be the central process of human development. Individuation is the psychological process of integrating the opposites, including the conscious with the unconscious.
Jung’s clinical and personal explorations resulted in him discovering and developing some of the widely known and used psychological concepts including the archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, the extraversion and introversion, and synchronicity. Even today, Jung remains one of the best known contributors to dream analysis and symbolization.
Like Freud whose contributions to dream analysis were significant but had important shortcomings, Jung regarded dream analysis as the primary way to gain knowledge of the unconscious mind. He considered dreams as natural phenomena, where individuals while asleep spontaneously create images symbolic of their conscious and unconscious mental processes. Jung regarded exploration of the dreams as a vital source of the understanding of the human mind and psyche. He used the dream analysis as a tool to seek integration of the opposite or conflicting elements of the psyche.
Jung believed that the dream imagery communicated the messages from our unconscious to the conscious mind. The true meaning of these images can be reached through the ideas or feelings associated in the mind of the dreamer with the images of the dream.
Every person’s dream is a subjective phenomenon. When we seek the meaning of the dreams, the only dream images we can really examine are our own. Nevertheless it is possible to learn to understand personal dreams through the dream analysis. It is similar to learning a special language where images carry several layers of meaning: they can speak of our physical and psychological needs, or point us in a direction which allows resolution of the difficult issues.
In my sessions I work with dream images, weather the ones my clients dreamed and want to understand, or the ones they create in the session through the sandplay or artistic expression. The figurines or the created images become symbols carrying important meaning which the client learns through her/his psychotherapeutic journey.