My name is Tom Woodward and the thing I love most about working with people is that I see a small part of myself in just about everyone I meet through my work as a therapist. The way I see it, we all have pain and hurt. My job is to facilitate your natural healing process that is inherent in us all.
I love to laugh at myself when I discover something I do to make my life more difficult or complicated and that makes no sense. Self-discovery and awareness are the first steps in the path to change. Why not rejoices in your discoveries. I will encourage you to congratulate and pat yourself on the back when you discover something new even if it is difficult to accept.
Another aspect of this work that I love is creativity and intuition. I will encourage you to engage your creativity and intuition and follow your instincts and curiosity to discover new sides of you. I gently encourage you through listening and truly hearing you. I may use music, movement, breath and other approaches to help you come to new awareness.
In my work with couples, you will come to a place that is safe to acknowledge difficult thoughts and feelings and to come to self-acceptance and mutual acceptance of your partner. I help each of you recognize that it is the cycles and patterns of relating that have developed in your relationship and not your partner that is the problem. You will gently and safely learn to change the pattern, not your partner. You will find that this helps create greater intimacy and is the route to fulfillment in your relationship.
A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness
If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions I ask for their forgiveness.
If anyone has harmed me in any way either knowingly of unknowingly through their own confusion I forgive them.
And if there is a situation I am not ready to forgive I forgive myself for that.
For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself through my own confusions I forgive myself.