Sadness. Anxiety. Flatness. Stress. Loneliness. Crisis. Feeling stuck. Dissatisfaction with loved ones. Everyone feels these at one time or another – it is in fact, part of what it means to be human. Sometimes these feelings come and go, but sometimes they stay, and begin to affect other areas in our life.

Oddly, it’s times like this when you feel stuck that there is also great potential for growth and change. In fact, symptoms are often the sign that the time is ripe to stop relying on behavioral patterns that no longer work for us and to learn new ways of relating to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us.

Psychotherapy is not just about “getting rid of” negative feelings and responses. It can be more than that. We can learn to be kind to ourselves and to others, learn tools that move us out of feeling stuck while at the same time gaining a deep appreciation for our lives. Instead of being closed and reactive, we can learn to open up and respond with clarity and compassion to the world around us.

Here are some of the psychological issues I work with:

Because healing works both inside out (mind effecting the body) and outside in (the body effecting the mind), I do take a full body, holistic approach. This can be especially helpful for people who are on medication but not experiencing the benefits of medication, or for those who may want to try another approach before trying medication. Please note that medication is sometimes called for, especially for severe symptoms of depression and anxiety.

I am particularly interested in the role of lifestyle choices in our mental well-being, and their role in our mental health.

What Clients Say:

Jonathan just gets how DC professionals work. I came to him several years ago with a specific problem and an end goal in mind. He was able to quickly drill down to the crux of the issue, make a plan with me and supported me through the execution process. Every session left me knowing that I made progress.  ~ M. S.

Jonathan offers a safe, comfortable space to tackle the issues that seem just too overwhelming to take on alone.  He sits with presence, patience and kind reassurance, guiding when necessary while always providing an active sounding board.  He taught me how to approach my life with calmer, gentler and more objective eyes and how to navigate and ultimately let go of the swells of emotions to which we often attach ourselves.  Daily, I see the benefits of our work. ~ H.R.

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