Helping Adults

I integrate the latest in relational psychology and attachment research with the best of what Jungian thought has taught us about the mystery of the unconscious.

Experience, as well as findings in neuroscience, tells us that safe and trusting relationships are crucial to our mental health. When relating to a caring, skilled and emotionally attuned person, inner defenses can begin to soften and the underlying psychological wounds can emerge and be attended to. A relationally-based psychotherapist offers this type of experience. I will accompany you as you discover a deeper sense of your potential.

In addition to being relationally focused, I work from a Jungian perspective. Jungian psychology suggests that a fundamental aspect of human instinct is to strive toward wholeness – the drive to live authentically as oneself. But life experiences and demands press in on us and we often lose touch with vital aspects of this soul striving. Sometimes we build a fortress of defense around our deepest self, which feels safe and protective, but it cuts off access to our essential nature in the process. My work is to help people ease these defenses and unveil the lost aspects hidden within them. Jungian Depth Psychotherapy is a process for opening up this axis between what we already know about ourselves and that which is unconscious or unknown. We explore thoughts, images, feelings and dreams. By attending to our experiences, we can open to an innate wisdom that is available within and symptoms such as stress, anxiety and low self esteem tend to ease.

 

Areas of Specialization

  • Depression & anxiety
  • Midlife issues
  • Early Trauma
  • Women’s issues
  • Low sexual desire
  • Death, dying and grief

 

Felicia Matto Shepard, MFT