Psychotherapy for Elders and Seniors
The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning, only its meaning and purpose are different. — C.G.Jung
In the afternoon of life, we have developmental tasks to accomplish. Psychotherapy with elders addresses a range of later life tasks, whether it is to change the trajectory of our lives by addressing unfinished business or relationships needing mending, and or to work on tasks of the heart and soul. You choose what we will work on.
Some elders need to explore a purpose that wants to begin in this life stage. Others wish to discover or to rediscover soul-life while stepping aside from an ego position. Still others face aging or a diagnosis with fear or doubt. All need a respectful place to talk. Many need to continue to earn a living. Issues may overlap for example they also encompass depression, anxiety, and other challenges. There are many other questions elders wish to address including our mortality.
When we work together, we talk about what is foremost on a your mind. However, dreams are important to a Jungian therapy engagement, so I strongly encourage you to open to your dreams, keep a dream journal, and to bring dreams to sessions. If you know something about Jungian psychology you will know that this inner work will deepen your work. Dreams will help you to focus on some of the tasks that later life brings. Being present to the unconscious, working with feeling states and their expression, and working to live a fuller life no matter how much time we have helps us to orient to our aging selves.
Billing and Payment Items
I am sorry my licensure cannot accept Medicare or Advantage Plans. This is a disgraceful insurance situation administered at the Federal level. If you are insured with “regular” insurance (not Medicare Advantage) or wish to pay for therapy “out of pocket,” I invite you to call. You are invited to call to talk about your issues and interests and to see if I seem like a suitable therapist for you: 503 287-1526.
Eggs Over Easy Coffee Group: Becoming An Elder (currently not offered beginning June 2018)
A six-week, interactive group for individuals ages 55 years and older
- What does the second half of life mean for us?
- A different type of growth — our need to review, reflect, sum up
- Turning inward – meaning and spirit in longevity
- Things done and left undone—forgiveness with self and others
- Life and its finite limits — developing one’s own living myth
- Understanding the process of living deeply while letting go
- Facilitator: Carol Walnum, Jungian Analyst, LPC — 503-287-1526. Call to register–space is limited.