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Dena L. Anthony, Ph.D.
San Francisco, Palo Alto, Albany
(510) 525-6156

"Meaning makes a great many things endurable - perhaps everything." – Carl Jung

A primary tool toward inner healing and growth is finding the essential meaning in your life. Finding meaning requires learning who you are underneath the defenses and barriers that have been necessary for safety. In psychotherapy the client and the therapist form a special relationship in which it is safe to talk about who you are and how you experience the world around you. Within this safe, holding environment, you may freely feel what you feel and come to know and appreciate yourself for who you truly are. As you come into a better relationship with yourself, we will look at your relationships with others. You will develop greater tolerance for a wider range of emotions. As we explore your relationships, your interpersonal understanding and skills will develop, expanding the sense of meaning in your life.

As a student of mathematics and an educator, I come to the practice of psychotherapy looking for the sources of issues -- where was a response learned, how has its usefulness changed. First I seek to ease the emotional prison that suffocates. And then I foster the healthy learning and skill building which furthers the development of a deeper sense of self and of meaning.