Spiritual teacher and counselor. I help people be alive in their bodies by helping them trust their truths and embody them in the world.
Counselor in Oakland, CA
Existential therapy is related to the issues of depression and suicidal thoughts. When we have depression or suicidal thoughts, we question, "Why do I exist in this world?" This question feels like it does not have an answer or if it does, we will not be able to reach the answer. I believe, however, we will be able to find our own answer if we open our hearts to this profound life question. Our answer is always within our own hearts, and our work is learning to be open to our hearts.
There are two types of holistic therapy. One is horizontally holistic, and the other is vertically holistic. Horizontally holistic therapy attempts to incorporate all physical realities, such as the physical body, emotion, lower mind, and culture. On the other hand, vertically holistic therapy incorporates not only the physical realities but also the realities beyond the physical level, such as the higher mind and the spirit. The holistic counseling I offer is the latter.
The type of counseling I offer is spiritual counseling. Spiritual counseling is based on spirituality, and I define spirituality as the state of being connected to one's own spirit. We have our physical bodies and physical reality but also nonphysical bodies and nonphysical reality, which is beyond our personal identities. Transpersonal therapy is a kind of holistic therapy but focuses more on the transpersonal spiritual side of our physical-spiritual spectrum.
When we try everything we can imagine in order to fill the hole deep inside us but end up with nothing that works, we lose our hope for our future and life. When we completely lose our hope, we start questioning, "Why do I still have to exist in this world?" Our decision to continue to exist in the world comes from our will to not give up whatever happens and our trust in what is invisible and greater than our physical human existence. I support you in cultivating such will and trust.
When we have a hot fire of passion within us but are not allowed to express it in the outer world, our fire begins to implode in our bodies and becomes self-aggression attacking ourselves from the inside. Our feeling of self-attack is our feeling of depression. Our cultural assumptions are a cause of the repression of our fire. Women are supposed to behave like women and men are expected to act like men, and we are forced to lose our connection to our essence shining brightly deep within us.
I draw on heart-centered relational spirituality based on three key components of our human existence: the earth, the spirit, and the heart. We integrate our earthly energy from below and our spiritual energy from above at our hearts, and from there we connect with and embody our own unique truths in our relationships with others in the world. As a result, there is less and less discrepancy between our inner and outer worlds, and we become truly alive in our own bodies in our own lives.