Welcome To SimplyAwake.com

HomeIf you’d like to be treated like a person, not a diagnosis, you’ve found the right place. Most counseling, psychology and spirituality is focused on what’s wrong with you. While you’re likely coming to see a person like me for healing on psychological and/or spiritual levels, I’m not primarily here to agree with your dark, negative diagnosis of yourself, perhaps gleaned from some internet article. I’m here to treat you as an complete person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

My work focuses on getting to know the whole you. We’ll sift through your thoughts and feelings, your pain and anguish, and the obstructions that keep you from living a whole life, so that YOU CAN LIVE THAT WHOLE LIFE YOU WANT. Not only will we look at what doesn’t work but, also at what does work. So often, the strengths you were aware of have been hidden by your troubles and weaknesses. Let’s change that together.

I offer 21 years of psychotherapy experience to help you guide yourself into psychological healing and balance. You can also pursue spiritual awakening in our work together, if you are interested in that.

I’ve often found that those deeply committed to a spiritual path are also hoping to escape the trauma or deep inner pain and anguish of feeling unloved, ashamed, and abandoned, by trying to remain in the Awareness or Transcendence. Spiritual awakening does put you in touch with a deep, silent, pristine aspect of yourself that is often called Awareness or Transcendence. However, it does not automatically remove every pain, disappointment, angry feeling and dysfunctional pattern from your life. These obstructive patterns have to be seen, felt, and then dissolved. I can help you with that so you can live the promised, spontaneous, “present” life you were aiming for on the spiritual path.

The journey to wholeness also means opening your eyes to see that our very culture is often at odds with health, healing, and real human feelings. General world culture has little room for human feeling and little time to speak about and listen to deep human needs.

Your parents and teachers grew up in this same emotion-denying culture and so you may have often felt unloved and disappointed by them, if not more substantially neglected or abused. The work of therapy and/or spiritual awakening is to: (1) witness and mirror your pain back to you so that you can find acceptance and healing for it AND (2) to mirror back your authentic, loving and truthful self to you too.

I work in my office for people who live in Pennsylvania and are interested in psychotherapy and/or spiritual awakening and on video for those around the world interested in spiritual awakening. (My license doesn’t cover out-of-state psychotherapy.) 

You’ll learn to create the new life you want, step by step, through a series of in-person 1:1 dialogs and homework assignments. I emphasize meditation, mindfulness/being present, dissolving obstructive patterns, and challenging the truthfulness of your thoughts, to bring you into greater wholeness.

 

Your Commitment to the work:

  • Make regular weekly or biweekly appointments for psychotherapy. This can be done through this website (see below or on the “Shop” page).
  • Make regular weekly, biweekly or monthly appointments for spiritual awakening work.
  • Pay your fees when you book or at the appointment.
  • Be willing to talk about what bothers you as well as what thrills you.
  • Make changes in your life based on the insights you gain in our work together.

For fees, I accept clients without insurance on a sliding scale from $40 to $200 per hour-long session, based on your employment and/or investment income. Your annual income, divided by 1,000 is your session fee! However, the lowest fee is $40.

I do accept some major insurance plans for psychotherapy: Aetna (and subsidiaries Meritain and Trustmark); United Healthcare (and subsidiaries All Savers, Optum, and United Behavioral Health); in this case the fee is your usual copay. I electronically file claims and the companies pay the rest of the fees that I’ve contracted to receive.

Come have a cup of tea and an initial conversation so we can discover if we can work well together. Email me at [email protected] to arrange a visit.

(If you’d like, you can read more about how I work with you, and about my background.)

 

Recent Writings

A Guide to Enlightenment

A Guide to Enlightenment

Here's a vision statement as I move from therapist to Enlightenment Guide over the next 6 months of 2020: We envision a world where everyone knows that they are Awareness Itself, Truth and Ananda (Love-Bliss-Freedom-Peace) so they can bring peace, open-hearted dialog,...

Alone or All One

Alone or All One

Alone or All One It occurred to me today that when we human beings speak about feeling or being alone, what we mean is that our ego-minds are isolated within ourselves and they end up chattering to themselves.  No one else hears the contents of our minds, except us,...

Integration after Awakening: Deconstructing So-Called ‘Truths’

Integration after Awakening: Deconstructing So-Called ‘Truths’

What happens to you when it dawns on you that what you are is more than your mind and its ideas of itself?  When you discover the Awareness or Consciousness that you are, how does it change the way you live? Since thoughts aren’t the interpreters of reality, they will...