"Permission to live one's life is not something one is given; it is to be seized" James Hollis
Sarah McKelvey, MA, LPC
Therapy invites mindful awareness and provides a protected, nurturing space to work through our personal issues. The experience of therapy fosters thriving rather than merely surviving, and helps open a greater capacity to choose our life rather than be dictated by circumstances.
Rather than manage symptoms and modify behaviors in the spirit of self-improvement, let us seek a more complete understanding of the nature of what’s really going on. Rather than use a diagnostic framework of mental disorders, let us value our shared exploration of understanding your total human experience at new, fresh levels of depth and insight.
What you can expect:
A powerful therapeutic relationship that is safe, kind, collaborative, and accepting
A reliable, supportive place for you to 'check in', recenter yourself, identify difficulties and areas of challenge, and develop resilience to meet them
An ongoing exploration of your personal experience and what it means to you
A means to skillfully practice productive introspection and sustained self-inquiry
A process of replacing conditioning and habitual patterns with confident, creative, and active responses to life situations
Learn more about three primary traditions informing this counseling approach, each in their own way seeking to understand human experience, the ways we suffer, and the means to heal:
"Man is nothing but that which he makes of himself" Jean-Paul Sartre
Mindfulness & Contemplative Traditions
“Both psychotherapy and sacred tradition provide the 'guided search' for the deeper, spiritual significance to life”
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are" Jung