New book by Philip Kenney

The Writer's Crucible Meditations on Emotion, Being and Creativity

Phil Kenney

Philip Kenney is a practicing psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two sons. He is the author of the novel, Radiance, and a collection of poetry entitled, Where Roses Bloom.

My Approach

Doing psychotherapy is like reading Shakespeare. The comedies, tragedies, and histories make up every hour of intimate contact that is the psychotherapy session. This is such a unique relationship. Words are terribly inadequate to describe the subtleties and complexities of what takes place when two people come together for the purpose of exploring the mind and undoing constricted ways of being.

I can't tell you how privileged I feel to know the people who come to work and better their lives. Many people think it must be hard to listen to people's problems all day, but truly, people are more like poems than problems. Listening to the varying expressions of personal experience is to be welcomed into the mysterious movements of psyche and spirit in the remarkable search for well-being.

After more than thirty years of practicing psychotherapy, I have come to believe that the psychological and the spiritual are not two separate domains. In my practice I hope to help others understand this and experience even their darkest and most painful moments as expressions of the dynamic motion of spirit doing its best to bring us back into contact with the core of our deepest self.

This is not a simple or a brief process. Nor is it one with a conventional moment of completion. It is, however, a radical and honest approach to yourself and to living that can open the door to self-acceptance and being more fully alive. Together, through laughter and tears, we make sense of a life and realize the beauty of the human heart beating within.

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