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Problems As Opportunities

The Willingness To Be Changed By Change

 Psychotherapy is a path to self-discovery as well as greater vitality and harmony with others.   It helps you find the voice of your authentic self.

Only when you can allow yourself to know and feel what scares you can you feel truly safe. 

The benefits you’ll receive:

  • Discover the opportunities within problems.
  • Find a path through life transitions, grief,  or loss.
  • Keep your life in better balance.
  • Create more rewarding relationships.
  • Learn to take responsibility without blaming.
  • Set clear boundaries and express your needs.
  • Gain clarity about what compromises you can and cannot make.
  • Connect the dots between what is happening in the present with your personal history.

My Approach >>

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Marjorie Schuman, Ph.D
Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst


Inquiring Deeply, Together

Mindful Relational Psychotherapy

My approach to psychotherapy, “Inquiring Deeply”, is a creative fusion of mindfulness and psychoanalytic understanding.   It is based on the premise that psychological healing occurs when the deep pain of our grief, loss, and disappointments is met with empathy, compassion, and understanding from another.

By digging down to the interpersonal roots of what is bothering you, this work helps you gain insight into the psychological and relational forces that have shaped who you are.

The strategic application of mindful awareness helps you see more clearly the psychological patterns which cause and perpetuate your emotional difficulties.

Last but not least, the psychotherapeutic relationship itself directly teaches you how to lean into difficulties and rest in the present moment with greater self-acceptance and self-compassion.

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Compassionate Understanding and Insight

The Journey of Self-Discovery

I have long been fascinated by big questions about the mind, brain, and self. These have been the major themes of my life work, pursued over several decades of academic and experiential study encompassing psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and Buddhism.

The melding of these disciplines are expressed in my work as a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, author, and teacher.

Through my own personal process, I’ve learned that as life unfolds there is always opportunity to make conscious choices about the meaning we assign to our significant events – even if it doesn’t always seems that way in the moment.

This insight has been the bedrock of my personal life and my professional work.

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

– Anais Nin

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The Heart Of Connection

It takes two to tango

Everyone yearns for connection. When we feel securely and comfortably connected with each other, we feel a sense of well being.

On the flip side, relationships can trigger a retreat into our greatest fears.

The tension between craving and fear of intimate connection twists us into painful knots. In order to untangle emotionally charged issues, it is necessary to see how your patterns of attachment are challenged by your partner’s.

This empathic understanding creates greater mutual respect and compassion.

By exploring what gets reciprocally triggered in both partners, you’ll develop communication skills and discover new avenues for loving with impunity and compassionately supporting one another in growing through shared difficulties.

Relationship Therapy >>

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