I seek to find the balance of effort and receptivity.

My approach as a practitioner is one of subtle rebellion against a capitalistic culture in which I deconstruct beliefs that we need to strive, be better, and fix. I do not stand with forcing or approaching transformation from a place of judgment or deficiency. I look instead to creating strong foundations, and expanded containers of resiliency. Awareness is the key.

I believe that it is through the deep understanding of each individuals life material – patterns, themes, challenges, resources, and more – one can brave compassion and internal resource that engender shifts on the emotional, behavioral, physical, and soul seated levels.

I recognize that changing patterns is difficult. That often patterns know more about their reasons for being there than we may know ourselves. I honor the speed and timing of the individual who is looking to do something different. My role is to be kind, offer from what I know, and create a space to encounter, with curiosity, what is ready to be revealed.

I value becoming authentic, vulnerable, and honest with oneself to gain an opportunity to embrace our own humanity, to soften, have a sense of humor and maintain perspective. As a educator and practitioner, I give you back to yourself, letting you have your insights, victories and losses, so that you develop independence and freedom.

Healing, or as I call it, integration, is not a finished product that can be neatly packaged and checked off the list. It is a process – sometimes messy, chaotic; sometimes exalted, joyful.

It is yours.

If you would grow to your best self
Be patient, not demanding
Accepting, not condemning
Nurturing, not withholding

Self-marveling, not belittling
Gently guiding, not pushing and punishing
For you are more sensitive than you know
Mankind is as tough as war yet delicate as flowers
We can endure agonies but we open fully only to warmth and light

And our need to grow is as fragile as a fragrance dispersed by storms of will
To return only when those storm are still
So, accept, respect, and attend your sensitivity
A flower cannot be opened with a hammer.

Daniel f. mead