the following represent some of what i value, believe in, and am inspired by...
You are wholly worthy
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
-- Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
We are of -- and need -- the natural world
We are tuned for relationship, including with our natural world, other animals, plants, and natural objects. In the Western world we are disconnected and severed from such relationship. Reconnecting and reestablishing our connection with the natural world is critical for our own nourishment and ability to navigate life.
“We are human only in contact, and conviviality, with what is not human.”
-- David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous
We heal together
“What has been wounded in a relationship must be, after all, healed in a relationship.”
-- Annie Rogers, A Shining Affliction
“There can be two or more ways of knowing and this can be a harmonious process.”
-- Eduardo Duran, Healing the Soul Wound
What is your culture, history, experience?
“There is no universal psychiatric reality and […] in terms of psychological knowledge and practice, the only valid perspective is one that reflects the culture of the people served.”
-- Dr. Wade Nobles
We are interconnected
We become human and experience our humanity when we stop believing and perceiving that we are isolated as individuals and separate or distinct from all others and the world.
“Ubuntu: You know when it is there, and it is obvious when it is absent. It has to do with what it means to be truly human, it refers to gentleness, to compassion, to hospitality, to openness to others, to vulnerability, to be available for others and to know that you are bound up with them in the bundle of life, for a person is only a person through other persons.”
-- Desmond Tutu
I chose “crescent” for the name of my practice because it represents some of what I hold dear about therapy and being human. The origin of the word is rooted in “growth.” I love looking at a crescent moon and being able to believe and trust -- even if I cannot see it illuminated in the moment -- that there is always a whole moon there. As with any of us, there is forever more than we can know and see, change is always taking place, and we can never be done discovering what is there and what can be.