Michael Skrodzki MA.MFT.

(Lic.# MFT30227)

 Psychotherapy in San Rafael, Main County  (415) 488-9836  skrodzki@sbcglobal.net                                                                                                                                                                          
psychotherapist for relationship problems,  marriage counseling, couples therapy, life transitions, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, alcohol and  drug abuse, addictions, anger, stress management, grief and loss, self development, personal growth. near Fairfax, San Anselmo, Novato, 


One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice -
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations -
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late enough
and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly 
recognized as your own,           
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do -
determined to save
the only life you could save.

(Mary Oliver, 1986)

If you are about to begin psychotherapy, you are in good company,  heeding the ancient piece of advice given to seekers at Apollo's Temple in Delphi:"Know Thyself".

No matter what brings you to my office:  anxiety, depression, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, grief, anger, guilt, or simply the desire to find out more about yourself -  this could be the beginning of the journey the poem speaks of.     

Psychotherapy can become the safe vehicle for this journey,
and your therapist,
the reliable, skillful guide
and companion on the path.

If you have been in therapy before, and find yourself  still/again grappling with seemingly the same issues, consider this: Nature is cyclical, and timing matters.
Who you are today, is not who you were two or five or ten years ago. Your capacity to engage and work with  deeper levels of your self has grown. This may be your time...

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