About Dr. Sikora
Take a look at my practice name and logo. Have you seen that shape before? It is based on a Celtic triple spiral, a symbol that has had many interpretations. The meaning that most resonates with me explains that the spiral represents ‘a tale of forward motion to reach understanding’. How appropriate as a symbol of counseling and mental health, don’t you think? Take too, the name of my practice, The Wholeness Institute. In that name, I meant to convey the hope I have for you as my client. That you will move forward to new understanding, balancing of the three elements of body/mind/spirit within you, and gain wholeness through working with me in a trustworthy relationship. I will focus a great deal on your emotional well-being, and a strong sense of feeling centered. The triskelion, or triple spiral of the Celts further exhibits this. Our bodies, emotions, and spirit are so inter-twined that it's generally impossible to completely separate one from the other. Thus the forward motion must balance all three. Only then will we be able to thrive.
To begin our work together we'll discuss your goals and where you are in life. Thus we focus on what you hope to accomplish, whether to improve depression and anxiety, to deal with the impact of cancer on your life, or to put into perspective a relationship change and allow you to set new goals and redesign your life for balance. As I work from a developmental, attachment, and systemic perspectives, I'll guide you as you look at yourself and your history so that you understand how both the joys and pains have impacted you. This will allow you to move forward in your perception of yourself, life, and others. Only then can any of us change or adjust how we feel about our life and shift how we live it forward. Rather than merely survive, we reflect on the past with the intent of making today and tomorrow healthier, more fulfilling, and a life in which you feel positive and strong in yourself.
Hope, peace, and comfort are my aspirations for you. Together we will work through your challenges of today and I will be your advocate in helping you make decisions that will allow you to take your own steps ‘in forward motion to reach understanding’. I have used my dogs in my practice for many years. Punky, my original therapy dog, was present in session for quite a long time, although he passed a number of years ago. Infrequently, and only with your permission, my current dog, Murphy, may join us in sessions at times. Murph likes people, and often is strong at being there as someone is in pain, but for his medical reasons he is less frequently in sessions at this time. However, I do find having a therapy dog present brings a sense of calm and comfort to the room as we work through the hurdles you are facing and find the hope, and wholeness, within you. Hopefully Murphy will join me more in the future.
One of my heroes is Virginia Satir who spoke of hope as a candle. She encouraged us to hold the candle of hope for another until they can hold it for themselves. I believe in hope. I believe each person is called upon to walk paths that are sometimes well lit, sometimes twisty, and occasionally seemingly impossible. But I also believe we are each provided with the tools, the support, and the resources to make it through life. The gift of a companion in the darkness is a rare and precious gift. Therapy can provide that as well as guidance and help.
I look forward to walking beside you on your journey.
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