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Attending the Soul: Depth Psychotherapy
Jim Moyers, MA, MFT
California Marriage Family Therapist License MFC21697
East San Francisco Bay Psychotherapist
Offices In Berkeley and Hayward:
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I am a psychotherapist practicing since 1986 in the East San Francisco Bay Area. I do short and long term psychodynamically oriented work with adult individuals and couples.
The Greek word, psyche, translates as "breath, life, or soul" in English. "Therapy" is derived from therapeia, the attendant who served both gods and humanity in the temples of ancient Greece. “Psychotherapy” can thus be described as the sacred work of attending the soul, carefully nurturing the most essential aspects of who and what one is. The idea that psyche, or soul, naturally moves towards integration and wholeness is at the heart of my work as a psychotherapist, an "attendant of the soul." As it takes time and effort to connect with soul, psychotherapy that looks deep into human experience to find meaning in the things that afflict us is increasingly rare in these days of quick fixes, measurable outcomes, and cost effectiveness.
I came into this work as a result of an interest in the great Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung. Central to Jung's work is the idea that there is an innate drive within the individual to become more fully her/his self. Psychotherapy in the Jungian tradition is a means for reconnecting with a mysterious Something deep within that gives life purpose and meaning. Rather than trying to shape you to fit some preconceived notion of what you should be, depth psychotherapy honors the unique quality of your experience of self and the world, going beyond mere symptom relief to discover meaning in symptoms.
While I don’t approach therapy as a sort of archaeological excavation of the past in hopes of finding the key to everything (which would be nice if possible!), I am very much interested in how past experience shapes what happens here and now. I make suggestions from time to time, ask questions, and share my thoughts as we go along. But more than anything else I very carefully listen to the unique story you have to tell. Always my primary goal is to help you discover the particular meaning of your unique journey through life while expanding your awareness of the range of choices available on that journey. My job as an attendant of the soul is not to be the expert on your life but to help you discover and connect with your own inner expertise. While I cannot promise to supply definite answers to the questions that you bring to therapy, I can help you uncover the answers that are within. It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to attend someone for a little part of the journey through life. It is a work like no other.
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