In my life when I have been in deep suffering, I have felt isolated and alone. I have felt disempowered and like I will never become the person I know I can be in the world. I have contracted in my ideas about my pain by resisting its presence and wishing it would just go away. But the pain was there for a reason. The suffering was a gift, an answer to my prayers.

This is why I LOVE my work as a psychotherapist.

A simple shift from resistance to curiosity, from anger to appreciation, can be the catalyst for transformation. Meeting our own pain with this deep sense of wonder has the ability to shift us from stuck to empowered, from hopeless to enlivened.

Turning on the light of awareness happens in an instant. In this video blog I share a little bit about why I am so passionate about using suffering as the gateway to transformation.

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