Hi. A little about me to help you get a feel for who I am and in the My Practice section I talk about how I work.
My story, I am a second-generation therapist. Growing up, I was always curious about the nature of things, which can put one in one's head. I was equally an artist and athlete. I was also probably more introverted than extroverted, which complicated matters as I wished I was more extroverted than I was comfortable being. I wanted to fit in and be more outgoing. This internal discomfort coupled with other life experiences caused me to run far away from therapy. I went into business, a place for me without vagueness, and thank goodness I went through that process, so that in the end I could come back full circle on my own.
Business was a place of logic, rules, and numbers. It was a nice change, and for a while I needed to live in that world, and today I am thankful I have that life experience to pull from, but it was this world that over time, I felt empty. I never really understood why companies continue to operate in such dysfunction and are averse to growth. This feeling began to eat away at me, and I began to search for more.
I didn’t know what more was, but I knew I craved meaning, passion, knowledge, creativity, desire, and intrigue. I needed something else in my life and with some guidance, I realized it was time for a career change and so I enrolled in school to become a therapist. After my first day, I realized I had come home. I realized I was right where I was supposed to be, and I have not looked back since. The world opened up and I found my place in it, and for that I am utterly grateful.
Everything in school made sense and felt familiar. I absorbed it all, and continue to do so. Upon completing my graduate degree, I have completed a one-year post-graduate program in psychoanalysis and completed another one-year post-graduate program in Jungian analysis. Its funny, my friends have always said that I was a professional student, and they were right. I feel lucky to have found a career that feeds me, where my desire for learning, understanding, knowledge, and evolution is an integral part of the process of not only helping me grow, but also helping me help you grow.
So that is how I found myself in this profession, writing an ‘About me’ section in hopes that it gives you a glimpse into who I am. I have found that one of the hardest things in this world seems to be putting ourselves out there, as we are, naked and hoping we are embraced. So I must, if I am ever going to be able to help you to do the same.
Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine, MBA
Antioch University, Los Angeles, MA
• Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, The Psychoanalytic Center of California
• One-year intensive program
Certificate in Jungian Analysis, The Jung Institute of Los Angeles
• One-year intensive program