A Different Kind of Listening
Interactive and Intuitive Listening. Writing Consultant.
(On- and off-line)
All concerns and issues, all ages, races, ethnicities, gender orientations with a special sensitivity to women’s identity.
I offer an interactive and intuitive listening for people who seek to know and understand themselves in an emotional, introspective, and supportive environment. My listening has been influenced by more than three decades of study of psychoanalysis, meditation and spirituality.
In my conversations with people I listen for the distinctive language of each person. Together, I feel, we are at a crossing point into what is not yet known about women’s psyche and, even more broadly, the human psyche. It is an adventure with no guarantees, but with abundant moments of clarity along the way. It is definitely not therapy, in which a person who is ill comes to consult with an expert who provides a diagnosis and a treatment. There are no experts here, no people who are ill, no diagnosis, no treatments. There are two people (and often more) talking together in a deep, focused, collaborative way, about all relevant concerns, including life itself.
Many of these themes are discussed in: The Hungry Self; A Different Kind of Listening; Reinventing Eve
Recently, with the development of Internet technology, I have been working on-line with people, using Skype and/or written exchanges to discuss the issues they might otherwise discuss when in the same room with me. I love this approach; it allows me to talk to people who live at a distance or might prefer more distance than is possible face to face. The written work calls into play aspects of the self that can only become known through the act of writing. I’ve been astonished at how well it works to spontaneously discuss life, personal problems, all sorts of dilemmas, spiritual and otherwise, through the written word, using writing as if it were speech, a thing made in the moment to communicate directly and urgently–what an unusual form of conversation this becomes, breaking down the traditional distinction between writing and talking.
My other serious work is as a writing consultant, helping people embark on, conceptualize, work with and through the problems that arise in the course of a writing project.