Connecting to Self, Life and Spirit

A large proportion of my psychotherapy practice consists of people who are simply looking for a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them. The externals of their lives may be in place: job, relationship, children, etc., but there remains a feeling of discontent and disconnection. They are grappling with questions of “Who am I really?”, “What would truly make me happy?”, “How can I live a more meaningful life?”, or wondering “Is there is more to life than the mundane, a spiritual dimension or connection to a greater source?”

All of these are valid questions and issues to bring to psychotherapy. For I believe that our impulse as human beings is not simply to survive being human, but to thrive. Sometimes all we need is a space to wonder, to explore, to feel lost, to feel our yearning, and to be asked the right questions that put us on the path to finding our own answers.

I do believe that we all have a need to experience something greater than ourselves, may that be a deep connection to nature, to our creative expression, to God, the Great Mystery, or some other form or divinity. I have no attachment to you landing on any particular path, but rather I am interested in helping you find your own way. My commitment is simply to help you deepen into your own life, to embrace your birthright of joy, meaning and connection.

For more information or to schedule an initial appointment, please contact Karen at:
Karenmotan [at], or by calling (415) 460-9117.

Connecting to Self
Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive….
My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all
walks of life.
My pain if like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.
© Thich Nhat Hanh