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JUMP TO ELIZABETH'S PUBLICATION
information about her historical plays on psychological themes: NANA
SOPHIA'S OASIS, THE
DEEPEST SECRET OF EVERYTHING: Da Vinci and Renaissance
THE MOVEMENT OF THE MOON: Camille
Claudel, Life Phases of the Feminine in Art,
Madness, and Love (2016); TIMELESS NIGHT: Viktor
Frankl Meets Edith Stein (2014); ON THE DOORSTEP OF THE CASTLE (2013); and OUT OF THE
SHADOWS (2012) — with links to YouTube videos of introductory scenes,
and information about SOUL STORIES:
Safari to Mara and Aria of the Horned
JUMP TO THE PERFORMANCE SITE
performance information, special theatrical events, times and places,
cast lists, etc., see the ShrinkRapt Theater Company website.
Bonnie Bright's interview for Depth Insights with
Elizabeth Clark-Stern "On the
Doorstep of the
Castle — An exploration
of the Divine in the story of Teresa of Avila"
Elizabeth hosts the Depth Psychology Alliance online
book club for October 2015
Kathleen Miller's interview (text) with Elizabeth
interview by Bonnie Bright, founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, on their
Elizabeth's Out of the Shadows as
their on-line book club selection
APPROACH TO THERAPY
Most people come into therapy when
something has gone wrong in their lives. A tragic loss, divorce, or an
unexpected turn of events can trigger feelings of sadness, anger,
anxiety, or the inability to feel anything beyond a numb emptiness. This
can lead to harmful behaviors such as eating disorders, depression,
alcoholism, working too much, playing too little.
In families everyone is affected by
crisis or change, often creating new behaviors and roles, such as a
teenager who becomes the “parenting child” following
a divorce. Many couples experience disappointment when they
discover the man or woman of their dreams is very human, with the same
flaws they disliked in their own parents.
My job as
psychotherapist is to listen deeply to your story and serve as your
navigator on a journey to discover new things about
yourself, your partner, or your family. This can invite new
emotions, such as hope, and joy within
yourself and the people in your life.
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
For the past
twenty-nine years I have worked in private practice, in community mental
health agencies, and as a supervisor of other clinicians. I have extensive
experience leading workshops and groups (see Workshop offerings). I
completed my Bachelor’s Degree, then my Masters in Psychology at Antioch
University Seattle in 1991, and have been a licensed mental health counselor
in Washington State since 1994. I completed a 2-year professional seminar at
the North Pacific Institute of Analytical Psychology, for therapists who use
Jungian psychology in their work. I have given lectures and workshops at
Jung Societies in Seattle and Vancouver BC, and for Cancer Lifeline
In order to help me understand the depth of my
clients’ concerns, I study theories about why we do what we do, and how our
behaviors affect others. This includes ideas about how human beings grow
and develop from infancy throughout adulthood, and what happens when
families and couples have conflicts. I also explore how individuals develop
an inner identity that may not be in harmony with how they relate to the
world. These ideas are only as good as the relationship formed with the
client, and the quality of listening and collaboration we engage in.
SECOND HALF OF LIFE
Boomers are redefining the meaning of “Mid-Life Crisis” to mean “Mid-Life
Revolution!’ Not the one we imagined in the 60’s, but a time of
profound change, calling us to look at how we define ourselves, and view
our abilities and limitations.
I have a particular interest in working
with people at this stage of life, who may be suffering from depression,
anxiety, a sense of panic, upheaval, or lack of purpose — people who are
longing to make different choices in the next decades of their life.
While there is a loss to be mourned —
we may not be able to climb a mountain, dance on toe shoes, or down-hill
ski as we did in our youth — we can emerge from this “crisis” with a much
deeper sense of who we are and what is possible. Our lives can be shaped
from a sense of inner direction, lessening our dependence on the praise or
censure of others. This can open new ground emotionally, professionally, in
our relationships, and in learning to find meaning and new joy.
CHILDREN IN FAMILIES
While it is often the behavior of the
child that brings families into therapy, this is only the “tip of the
iceberg” in my experience with families.
The configuration of the sessions is
determined by the underlying issues. I sometimes work individually with
children, using sand tray, art, and other imaginative means, but this is
often done in tandem with seeing the parents. Confidentiality is honored
with both parties, unless permission is given to share. At critical
junctures an adolescent, for example, may ask for a session with one or
both parents, siblings, or extended family.
The goals of treatment are unique to
each family. Some themes we might explore include balancing love and
limits: how parents can use rewards, respect, and nurturing to shape a
child’s behavior and sense of security. And how to get and give the love
and support you need, while nurturing a family atmosphere that allows
everyone to grow and develop as independent, compassionate people.
GROUPS AND WORKSHOPS
Writing from Within:
Creating Stories as a Road Map for the Soul
How do we nurture our creativity and use writing
as a tool for enhancing self-knowledge and personal growth? How can
crafting stories filled with fresh images and conflict help us learn more
about our inner life? What is the relationship between stories and
the tools of analytical psychology, such as active imagination and the
interpretation of dreams?
We will explore these questions in the
Writing From Within: Creating Stories
as a Road Map for the Soul. For two hours each
morning, we will engage in group and individual writing exercises and
sharing. Together we will create a nonjudgmental atmosphere of playfulness,
imagination, respect, sharing and inquiry.
Contact Elizabeth Clark-Stern by e-mail
or by phone, for details on the next group or class offering.
Contact and Fee Information
Visioning Your Life at Mid-Life:
A Workshop for Women
Women of all ethnicities and orientations are welcome.
The “mid-life crisis” is a generic term
for a very real, very individual journey. What happens when the tasks of
the “first half of life” are behind us? What were the dreams our
youth? Are they relevant now? If not, what lies ahead? What old
habits of being need to be honored and discarded, for new, vibrant life to
The root of the word confidence means,
“fidelity to the self.” How do we meet the identity crisis of mid life and learn to listen to the wisdom of our
deeper self? How do we step into the integrity of the person we are now
called to become?
Visioning Your Life at Mid-Life
offers a forum to explore these questions, and to
bring your own. Using creative imagination, guided meditation, and
sharing, the workshop allows participants to examine and explore new
possibilities for their lives. The workshop provides a practical “Visionquest” allowing each person to begin the process
of mapping a unique self-directed future.
Offering 5 hours of Continuing
Education Credits for licensed Mental Health Counselors, Masters and B.A.
Facilitators: Jane Johnston, MA, LMHC
is a psychotherapist in private practice with 20 years
experience as a therapist and educator. A focus of her work is the
spiritual development of the individual. Elizabeth Clark Stern MA
LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice in with 20 years experience as a therapist/educator. She also
focuses on the individuation of the soul in the second half of
life. Contact Elizabeth Clark-Stern by e-mail or by phone, for details
on the next group or class offering.
Contact and Fee Information
Couples and singles of all orientations
Did you make a New
Year’s Resolution to find a relationship, save the one you’re in, or learn
more about yourself before entering the uncharted waters of intimacy?
Have you wondered why it is often hard to maintain yourself as a separate
person when blending your life with another? Have you ever caught
yourself feeling your partner’s feelings instead of your own?
It is a cliché that all committed
relationships require “compromise,” but is it true? How do we know
when we are negotiating a sensible give-and-take, and when we are giving
away the store?
Join Dr. Bob Miller and Elizabeth
Clark-Stern, MA, to explore these ideas, and
learn from each other in a psycho-educational setting. We will
incorporate readings and discussion from James Hollis’s book, THE EDEN
PROJECT: IN SEARCH OF THE MAGICAL OTHER. The author is a Jungian analyst
known for his ability to translate often esoteric-sounding concepts
into practical, usable language. Dr. Miller and Ms
Clark-Stern are therapists in private practice who work with couples and
Thin From Within:
A Workshop for Women Who Eat Too Much
or Think Too Much about Not Eating
Webster’s Dictionary defines
nourishment, “To provide with food or other substances necessary for life
and growth; to foster the development of; to keep alive....” What does it
mean to nourish ourselves? What could the “other substances” necessary for
life be? Are there ways many of us use food as a substitute for another
kind of nourishment? What does this mean for women who have created a
relationship to food that isn’t giving the body —or the mind or the
soul—what it is really starving for?
We will explore our relationship to
food, how it has served us for better or for worse. We will explore ways to
nourish our bodies and spirits in other ways. It is also important to
explore the ways food
does nourish our
bodies, our senses, our artistic nature, our imagination, even our family,
religious, and cultural heritage.
Join us in an
educational setting to explore some alternative nourishing. Please wear
comfortable clothing and bring a healthy, fresh, colorful (if possible) and
economical (please) dish to share. If you have a story that accompanies
your food selection, these are most welcome. To this day I can’t smell
fresh bread in the grocery store without thinking of my Southern
grandmother’s homemade biscuits and fig preserves.
Contact Elizabeth Clark-Stern by e-mail
or by phone, for details on the next group or class offering. Contact and Fee Information.
I am a licensed
mental health counselor with 13 years' experience as a supervisor of
clinicians. I build a collaborative, supportive relationship with those for
whom I consult. I would be most helpful to licensed therapists with an interest
in individual, couple, and family therapy, using a theoretical base that
incorporates family systems, object relations, cognitive behavioral,
and Jungian perspectives. Also an Approved Supervisor for the State of
Washington, providing supervision for those seeking licensure in Washington
State as a mental health counselor.
CONTACT AND FEE INFORMATION
15849 35th Avenue NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Fee for psychotherapy:
$120 per 50 minutes
clinical appointment or clinical supervision.
Regence Blue Shield, Premera
Blue Cross, Life Wise, First Choice, Kaiser Permanente.
I provide services out of network for United Behavioral Health Care, Aetna,
and other carriers who reimburse out of
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Elizabeth Clark Stern; Photo copyright © 2004 John Stern