Welcome to Psychotherapy and a Contemplative Path.
Sarah McKelvey, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
2305 E. Arapahoe Rd. # 123
Centennial, CO 80121
Existential-Humanistic Psychology: A body of work that offers a compelling analysis of human experience that takes into account significant dimensions of life: the difficulty of making choices and making meaning, our human condition of freedom and responsibility, the struggle between self and other(s), how we are situated in our social milieu, the fact of our inevitable death and limits. Rather than lensing the struggle of being human through inflexible and often misleading diagnostic labels, this tradition yields important insights, wisdom, and guidance about both our normal and neurotic reactions and responses. Existentialism and related traditions also offer a framework lending itself to an original and useful understanding of the path towards authenticity.
Contemplative Traditions: A welcome complement, largely from more Eastern-based, meditative philosophies and practices, this influence in psychotherapy provides ways to think about how to live consciously, peacefully, and with contentment from perspectives stressing mindful awareness, disciplining the mind, learning how to consciously control and regulate the nervous system, and holding a compassionate, loving stance toward ourselves and the journey of our becoming.
“Both psychotherapy and sacred tradition provide the “guided search” for the deeper, spiritual significance to life”
Analytical Psychology, particularly Jungian: The “missing link” in my integrative approach to psychotherapy, this is a rich and necessary lens that has reconfigured key understandings and useful ways of working over these last two years of study and practice. Carl Jung, a close collaborator of Freud’s, developed his own original ideas over the course of an engaged life in what was then the emerging field of talk therapy. A depth-oriented approach evolved out of this engagement that incorporates a way of working with unconscious material and motivation as well as unlocks a deeper exploration of clients’ internal lives.
One woman’s version of it.
I am a psychotherapist and contemplative cyclist who works with mindful adults wanting to become more conscious. My office is in Centennial, Colorado. Peruse to learn more about my original approach to the work.
I take the precept ‘know thyself’ seriously,
Without sustained and productive self-inquiry, we don’t get very far, we fall prey to repetitive and rigid approaches to fashioning a life, to solving problems, and to navigating stressors and challenges. We “neurotically loop” through old, stuck material, though we may be well-intentioned and trying our best to emerge out of our chronic struggles …
Together, we will take a deep and abiding interest in you, your lived experiences, your particular history, your internal life [hopes, fantasies, dreams, fixations, frustrations] and your unconscious [the way you reflexively organize and pattern experience] to attempt to progressively free you of the grips of unconscious forces and motivations, emotional pain and inner conflicts that haven’t yet been fully unpacked or dealt with, and personal mysteries that have perplexed and frustrated you, prevented forward movement, and life’s emotional fulfillment.
Introspective Analysis, Emotional Support, and Empathic Guidance when experiencing challenges in …
Addictions, Self-Defeating Behavior, & Compulsions
Loss and Grief
"The Struggle to Be"
What is contemplative cycling?
A practice that spontaneously developed out of itself and the creative impulse of psyche and spiritual pathfinding, contemplative cycling is moving meditation, active imagination, and a fierce context for the discipline of summoning vitality, energetic potential, and progressive experiences of awakening. Revolution: The Art of Wakeful Cycling is my forthcoming book blending memoir, contemplative practice, and adventure-travel writing.