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PSYCHOTHERAPY

I provide services for:

  • Adults
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Couples
  • Families

My experience includes working with diverse populations, such as age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle, social and cultural background, as well as goals in therapy.

The sessions generally are 50 minutes. Hypnotherapy can be 90 minutes or longer.

 

AREAS OF FOCUS

RELATIONSHIPS
We are always in relationship to others, to nature, and to ourselves. When you relate to others, you are not only relating to the person in front of you, but you are relating to the Gestalt or the totality of that person. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in detail and neglect the complexity of the thing or person before you. Relationships and its exploration are connected to exploration of our identity. 

“No man is an island, entire of itself” -John Donne, Poet

 

LIFE TRANSITIONS
Transitions occur at various points in our existence. The scholar and American mythologist Joseph Campbell researched and wrote extensively on the subject of comparative mythology.  He studied the beliefs and mythologies of various cultures. He saw that a “rite of passage” was intact in earlier societies, especially indigenous societies. He saw that this passage starts from early childhood and continues on into adulthood. Cultures where life passages are not intact can lead to confusion, meaninglessness, and lack of recognition in the continuity of life in general. This is often the case in our busy modern world.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
-Walt Disney

 

IDENTITY
Self-awareness is key to being in charge of your life and the driver of your own psychological makeup.  How many of us really know ourselves at a deep level without the interference and the programing from our culture, our parents, and our educational systems?  The beginning of our programming often occurs beneath our conscious awareness.  Support is often needed in helping you to recognize the identity baggage blocking the gem that was always there, but covered up.

"An unexamined life is not worth living” -Plato, Ancient Philosopher

 

ADOLESCENTS
Adolescences can be a time of figuring out identity, learning about relationships, and figuring out how one fits into society.  The developmental psychologist, Erick Erickson, called this stage of development “Identity versus Confusion.”  Sometimes external circumstances do not support the adolescent during this critical stage of development.  Those who receive reinforcement and proper encouragement will emerge from this stage with a solid identity, independence, feeling in control, and a smoother transition into adulthood. 

"The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise." -Alden Nowlan, Poet

 

GRIEF/LOSS
I did my thesis on the subject of death and the dying process while providing services for children with catastrophic illnesses at Oakland Children’s Hospital using dialogue and art therapy.  There is not much information in our culture regarding death, the dying process, and those who are dealing with grief.  We have only a few pioneers in the subject of death, including Stephen Levine and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.  I will provide a safe environment to talk, explore, and create. 

“There is no death, only a change of worlds”, Chief Seattle.

 

SPIRITUALITY
Believing in something greater than your self is key to overcoming addictions and coping with difficult challenges that may come up in your life.  Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl believed people to be primarily driven by a “striving to find meaning in one’s life”, which enables them to overcome painful experiences.  Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, viewed the human psyche as “by nature religious.”  Some of the concepts he developed include the collective unconscious, symbols, archetypes, and synchronicity.  Dr. Jung noticed that the “Mandala” symbol appears in many cultures.  He was lead to believe that this design uniformly represents the Sacred or the Self.

“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God” -Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer

PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING
Much of my training as an intern included counseling couples who were ready to make the step towards marriage.  The counseling helped them to define their relationship to each other, marriage, and family.  They came away from the therapy with greater insight and a deeper sense of commitment.  Pre-marital therapy can take from one or more sessions.

" A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person" -Mignon McLaughlin, Journalist/Author

 
 
 

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Janet Natale, MFT

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Berkeley, Ca

(510) 524-4933