I am a Jungian psychotherapist in private practice here in San Antonio, licensed and working with couples and individuals since 1992. I have graduate degrees in both Theology and Counseling, and have a special interest in how our religious instinct is expressed through the psyche.
My background includes a first career in the Catholic Church, working as a layperson in various ministries, including pastoral care and religious education. I eventually felt pulled between a vocation as a spiritual director and as a psychotherapist, and becoming a Jungian therapist has allowed me to combine both.
I particularly value the many wellsprings of the symbolic here in San Antonio and south central Texas, from a vital community of artists and poets, to the blend of many unique cultural and geographic influences.
My basic training as a therapist was in Family Systems Theory and in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and was followed up with several years of working with a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst, first in a personal analysis and then in a training analysis.
Ongoing Training in Switzerland
Currently I study at the Research and Training Centre for Depth Psychology according to C. G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz in Zurich, Switzerland. This Centre was founded in 1994 at the urging of Marie-Louise von Franz, in order to provide training according to the original spirit and perspective of C.G. Jung.
As I am able, I go to Switzerland for two-week blockcourses of Jungian seminars in the Fall and in the Spring, and continue ongoing training with my analyst in Switzerland via Skype.
Types of Clients and Issues
I see individuals and couples in therapy for a wide variety of psychological issues. Therapy may only consist of a short term focus on a specific issue for some clients, but in many cases one discovers that more deeply rooted change is being sought, and that usually takes time. Nonetheless, the client is always the one in charge of how far and how long therapy may last. I provide input along the way, and ultimately the goal is to connect the client with the spiritus rector, the guiding spirit within, so that growth is a lifelong process. And as a Jungian, I pay special attention to all those directives from the unconscious that show up in our symptoms, in our dreams, and in creative work and fantasy.
To expand upon that connection with the unconscious, I also provide a number of opportunities for learning through dream groups, reading groups, and periodic workshops and seminars. You can learn more about those options through the website.
I am currently accepting new clients, and my schedule for appointments is flexible, with the last appointments of the day typically being at 5:00 and 6:30 pm. I also can arrange to see clients on Saturday mornings when needed. You can schedule appointments through calling the office or via email.
Fees and Insurance
I am a network provider with a limited number of insurance carriers - Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Value Options. Many of my clients are private pay, and the full fee is $100 per hour (typical session). A sliding fee scale of between $50-100 can be negotiated in case of significant financial need.
Consultations via Skype
In response to requests I have received, I am now available for consultations on Skype when it is appropriate to the needs of the client. This is still a bit new for me, but I'm finding it can be a useful format. Email me for more details.