While I have benefited since my teen years from therapists who have counseled me through crisis, loss, depression and anxiety, I found Lucia Gabriela’s approach refreshing and immediate. Psychological trauma for me meant the disenfranchisement of my need for intimacy, a journey inward, and so, for the most part, I have walked this world alone—something having a therapist to open up to partially, but never fully, addressed. In the spirit of “the right person at the right time,” I finally approached Lucia, who I understood to be a life-coach in matters of intimacy and spirituality. PJT
Today’s therapeutical models are mostly behavioral and data-driven. Funding depends on achieving measurable results. This equates psychological progress to issues like employability and access to social services, which no doubt serves a sizeable percentage of clients very well and prevents them from falling through the proverbial cracks. In this respect, therapy forms a critical weave in the social safety net. Unfortunately, for some of us, this means never really addressing our greatest need, which is existential rather than practical. Jungian therapy for me represented the most engaging and successful course of treatment I have undertaken; however, depth psychology is an expensive treatment, and its costs are deferred neither by traditional health insurance nor Medicaid. Despite its success and the progress I made, I wasn’t able to go very far.
Less than five minutes into my first conversation with Lucia she honed in on a very particular traumatic event which had altered the course of my life some 40 years ago and negatively affected and even determined every relationship I’ve been in, since. I was surprised and frankly grateful at how easily and quickly she understood the foundational issues I’ve struggled with most, issues of sexual intimacy, eroticism and wholeness. Lucia spoke directly to my true self, my inner self, that part of me that thirsted for an ear so that it could find its voice. I felt safe, I felt respected—even honored—and, best of all, I was given “homework” that employed my life’s greatest passion, writing, to revisit my trauma, and reawaken the lost and neglected parts of myself that had been so damaged so very long ago. Attendant to this work was the recognition on her part of a spiritual dimension, very real to me, involving an almost Miltonian separation from the holy grail, the élan vital of my very soul. All these years, I’ve been but limping along, but I feel in my gut that Lucia will teach me to dance!