Jonathan Stein, MA, RDT, CTP
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Compassionate Holistic Psychotherapy, Education & Guidance, Since 1995
Are you in emotional pain? Confused about what to do? Are you confronting a big life challenge? Whether you need assistance with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress related challenges, confidence issues, or spiritual development, I provide you with care that is sensitive and responsive to your needs. For over two decades, I have been working with individuals who are committed to becoming the champions of their own healing and personal transformation by supporting them in the development of inner resources leading to deep trust in themselves, and confidence to move through their hard times. Learn More...
What challenge are you most interested in resolving?
Anger is one of those feelings that many people have a hard time dealing with. Feeling really angry, especially if it happens regularly, can cause you to be critical of yourself, feel ashamed, and even to lash out. I help you unpack, understand, and unravel your anger, and encourage safe expression of intense feelings in a supportive holding environment, and help you cultivate the skills necessary to transform your anger into an ally. I am familiar with the emotion of anger and all the potentially shameful or frightening thoughts and fantasies that can accompany it. I hold a clear vision of the wholeness and goodness of who you are beyond this challenge so that you can move toward healthy and skillful relating with your anger, yourself, and people in your life.
Something may have changed for you recently or the pressures of life are making you feel overwhelmed and anxious. One of the most common and negative impacts on our modern lives, anxiety, panic attacks and worry can be addressed through counseling.
From time to time, everybody struggles with their feelings of self-worth. Sometimes a lack of confidence is experienced when a person is disconnected from what they are most passionate about in life. Whether you’re going through a bad patch, suffer regularly from low self-esteem, or want to clarify what is closest to your heart, I can help you discover the deep confidence in Being that you need in order to feel confident in doing.
Feeling low? Have a history of depression? Depression can be extremely painful and debilitating, upsetting one’s ability to enjoy life and even to function optimally on a day to day basis. Unfortunately, many people see depression as a bad thing and often interpret it to mean that there is something wrong with them. What if there was nothing wrong with you? What if depression was an expression of your inner wisdom attempting to offer you helpful guidance so that you could live a more joyful and fulfilling life? What if all you needed to do was learn to understand what it was trying to tell you? Using a holistic, experiential counseling approach and a solid grasp of the causes of depression, I help people work through their darkness to find new meaning and hope.
The world is changing quickly, and maybe you're going through a period when your life is too. If the world or your life doesn't make sense to you, you're not alone, and there is a way through to clarity, direction and empowerment. Perhaps surprisingly, the deepest questions of human existence can be answered not by reading or sitting at the feet of a guru, but by learning a few simple techniques for deep inner listening. I offer an experiential, holistic counseling/educational approach for helping you rediscover the meaning and purpose of your life when "things fall apart", when life doesn't make sense the way it used to, or when you feel lost and don't know who you are anymore.
Grief and Loss
Have you experienced a significant loss? Are you finding it hard to talk to people about it? Do you receive messages that you should be hurrying up and getting over your grief? Suffering the loss of someone or something we hold dear is perhaps one of the most difficult things to go through in life, be it a loved one, the loss of a long cherished dream, the end of a relationship, or the destruction of the environment. One of the hardest things about experiencing a significant loss is finding someone and someplace where it feels safe to explore all of the challenging feelings that are emerging. I offer a compassionate, safe space and encourage you to take all the time you need to move through your grief. There is a way back to enjoying life.
Inner Critic Work
Learning to treat yourself without judgment and criticism can be hard to do on your own, especially when you've grown up in a world that teaches you at every turn that there is something wrong with you. Having a counselor who recognizes your inherent goodness and worth, as well as your talents and gifts might be the missing ingredient to getting back into right relationship with yourself and expressing yourself authentically and powerfully from a place of compassionate self-acceptance.
Designer relationship counseling is becoming more popular as people realize that there is more than one way to have a deep, consensual and committed relationships. For many, what's missing is a sound philosophical foundation that makes sense to them. People get stuck in relationships because they don't stop to consider that there may be a "box" made up of many beliefs and values they are living in that they need to get out of. There are endless possibilities for any relationship once the "box" has been seen for what it is and they find a way out. Discovering ~your~ unique way of being in relationship with other people (regardless of whether it is a sexual or non-sexual relationship) begins with identifying a relationship philosophy that you feel aligned with. Do you want to work with a therapist who is open to and educated about alternative models of relating with others? Are you seeking greater intimate connection, or concerned that your sexuality will be seen as problematic? If so, it might be helpful to talk with a therapist who is comfortable with these issues. Our sexuality and relationship orientation is profoundly personal, and can sometimes feel difficult to talk about. Feeling comfortable with your sexuality, sexual identity and orientation is important to your overall satisfaction in life. Understanding your unique style of relating is important for your relationship with your self, your body, and to people in your life. I focus on providing non-judgmental, non-pathologizing, sex positive guidance and welcome clients who experience life outside of the standard cultural narrative when it comes to alternative, non-traditional and designer relationship preferences.
Much pain and suffering comes from believing we are separate for the rest of existence. A holistic, transpersonal approach to counseling and coaching facilitates the healing of this primary wound, bringing about the remembrance of our connection to all life, and making way for a deeply embodied, conscious and healthy relationship with Self, others and the world. I help people discover their own path of heart and sense of calling needed to meet the challenges of life in the 21st century.
Most of us feel stressed at times and the pressures of life can certainly cause you to feel overwhelmed and anxious. I help people work through these common and negative impacts on our modern lives: stress, anxiety, panic attacks and worry.
Thriving In A Climate of Change
The emerging burden of climate change (as well as the implications of Peak Oil, resource depletion, Fukushima nuclear crisis, and the fragile economy, to name just a few), has impacts on psychological and emotional health and is becoming prevalent in American culture. Bereavement, depression and post-event stress disorders are common responses to the severity and magnitude of challenges we face as individuals and as a community. Having someone to talk to about these things can make a big difference in how you feel and how you respond. I have a strong understanding of these matters and welcome you without judgement.
Work Related Issues
Even the most successful of people sometimes need to talk about their work life. Many people work in jobs that provide little self-expression and are often out of alignment with their values. This can create significant inner conflict, stress and emotional disruptions if not addressed. By guiding a gentle and compassionate "working through" process, I help people who are looking for ways to better manage their work and relationships, and who want to feel more fulfilled.
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