By now, you are ready to “cross the threshold” into your Hero’s Journey. But you’d like to know
more about what to expect along the way, especially what your expert guide will do for you.
How Long Does a Hero's Journey Take?
The length of a your Journey will vary depending on your circumstances and your goals. It
could take a short time if you only want to address an acute situation. It may take longer if you
seek deeper life changes. This is something we can discuss early on. As I get to know you
better, I can answer this question more accurately.
Caring for the Soul
First, I’ll let you in on my definition of “psychotherapy,” the common term for what I do. This
word comes from the ancient Greek words psyche (meaning “breath; spirit; soul”) and
therapeia (meaning “healing; caring for; tending to”).
So, I go with these ideas: caring for the soul, healing the spirit, and, at times, tending to the
breath. I feel these ideas got lost somewhere, as many people (including many of my
colleagues, some of my professors, much of the media, etc.) continue to see psychotherapy as
having to do mostly with the mind or, at best, the mind/body connection. I attend to the whole
person: body, mind, soul, spirit, and the relationships you have with others. Why leave
anything out? What ideas do you have about what psychotherapy is, or should be? I would
enjoy knowing your thoughts on this.
Your Brain on Psychotherapy
Regardless of how one defines psychotherapy, we know it has a positive effect on the body
and mind, especially the brain. This article lays out the good things that happen to your brain
while you engage in the psychotherapy process.
Common Factors in Effective Psychotherapy
There are certain factors that are common to all effective psychotherapy methods. These
include such things as the therapist's caring, warmth, empathy, acceptance, and
encouragement of risk-taking and mastery on your part.
The most important common factors in psychotherapy have to do with you, however. Research
in effective psychotherapy has consistently shown that things like ...
- the attitude and amount of hope you bring to therapy sessions
- what happens to you outside of therapy sessions
- the match between your personal way of making changes in your life and the therapist's
approach in helping you change
... have far more importance than the particular things a therapist does. While this tends to
deflate the egos of some therapists, it makes sense that you, the client, are the most important
factor in your own therapy.
A Psychotherapy of One’s Own
I recently read a book by Thomas Moore called, “A Religion of One’s Own.” Here, Dr. Moore, a
former Catholic monk and now an author, therapist, and professor, tells his story of pulling in
religious and spiritual traditions from various places and developing a “religion” that works for
him. He also leads the reader through a process of doing this for him- or herself.
In this spirit and taking into account the common factors described above, I will guide you
toward a “psychotherapy of your own,” one that works for you in every possible way. As your
Expert Guide, I have no investment in any one way of doing therapy. Yet at the same time, I
have a strong knowledge of quite a few approaches. It’s like being fluent in a whole bunch of
languages and finding the particular ones that you can understand and that best help you
understand yourself and your Journey.
Further, I consider it my job to work myself out of a job. So, after a while, you can use the
psychotherapy we develop for you on your own.
What Other People Say About Me
I typically don't like to toot my own horn. So, I am going to let other people toot it for me.
These testimonials from former clients will give you an idea of what others like about me.
Maybe you will find something there that resonates with what you are looking for in a therapist.
In the meantime, get to know more about me, your Expert Guide.
Should you feel like getting started right now, please call me at 760.354.9140.
Spiritual practices help us move
from identifying with the ego
to identifying with the soul.
~ Ram Dass
There is something in every one of you
that waits and listens for the sound of the
genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide
you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it,
you will all of your life spend your days on
the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.
~ Howard Thurman
There is nothing noble in being superior
to your fellow man; true nobility is being
superior to your former self.
~ Ernest Hemingway
I've realized therapy is incredibly therapeutic.
~ Lisa Schroeder
In my early professional years, I was asking
the question: How can I treat, or cure, or
change this person? Now I would phrase the
question in this way: How can I provide a
relationship which this person may use for his
(or her) own personal growth?
~ Carl Rogers
Ph: 760.354.9140 ■ 3150 El Camino Real, Suite C, Carlsbad, California 92008 ■ Contact Dr. Dan