What's "mental chiropractic"?
Well, it's a bit hard to describe. But if you think of what a regular chiropractor does, it has to do with identifying the places in the body where things are out of alignment, and then correcting those so that the entire system functions to its maximum potential, right?
Apply that to the mind—your thoughts, your intentions, your ways of seeing and interpreting, which includes the emotions that accompany how you see things—and you can start to get a feel for what this is.
Basically, I help people get mentally aligned on matters that are of concern to them: relationships, creative projects, old patterns, important life goals. My approach is gentle yet firm. I'm totally committed to you getting what you came for.
As for the term "mental chiropractic", it was given to me a few years ago by someone who said "Hey, this thing you do? It's like you're a mental chiropractor." I liked it, so I kept it. ("Mental acupuncture" would also be roughly accurate.)
SO, YOU'RE NOT AN ACTUAL CHIROPRACTOR?
Nope. I'm not a trained healer of any kind; just someone with a passion and a knack for helping people be free and clear in their outlook. (You can read what other people say about that knack on my TESTIMONIALS page.)
...But Isn't this therapy?
No. Talk therapy can be very helpful for many people. It usually happens over a long period of time, involves a deep dive into a person's past; while it can have many different desired outcomes, it's not primarily goal-oriented.
- With me, you're not entering into a long-term therapeutic relationship. Like a chiropractor, I want to see you maybe a handful of times to work on a particular issue. You bring me a complaint, an area where you feel stuck, and we take it apart and go to work on it. Ideally, we knock it out on the first try!) Many persistent issues are much simpler than they appear, when you get to the source of them. Relatively speaking, this is quick work... which doesn't mean it's always easy.
- Nor is the main intention here to "heal" something. Of course everything is connected and I fully intend to support whatever healing journey you're on. But my primary attention isn't on fixing or healing you: it's on restoring you to your natural state of wholeness and alignment, which creates an experience of freedom, power, and self-expression.
- While compassionate listening is a big part of what I do, I also listen with the urgency of someone who's out to make a difference right now, in this conversation. Whereas a therapist might listen to you share your point of view for multiple sessions, I consider it part of my job to interrupt—respectfully, responsibly, but clearly—your current way of seeing things.
- You'll always be invited to try out whatever I'm saying, then discard it if it doesn't help. (It would be truly silly if, in trying to get you unstuck, I left you feeling "stuck" with something I said that doesn't fit!)
OH, sO IT'S COACHING, THEN.
Kind of. People often hire life coaches to guide them through huge life issues: Career, Relationship, and so on. My approach is more micro, more targeted, and more applied. I want you to come to me with a very specific problem or constraint in mind, and we'll find a way through it together.
Like a chiropractor I'm "hands-on", perhaps more than most coaches. I'm 💯% going to get in there and mess with your status quo... because presumably your status quo isn't working for you so well.
LAST QUESTION: WHY "TAKE A WALK"?
Great question. There's a page for that.