Care of the Soul - Psychotherapy, Consultation and Mentoring
Frequently Asked Questions   

How do I know if you are the right therapist for me? 
If you like what you see on my website, give me a call for a free consultation to discuss your situation. Based on the conversation, we can schedule a first appointment to meet face-to-face. In person you will get a good sense of how I work. Then go with your gut.

How do I know if my child needs therapy? 
If you are considering therapy for your child, or if a teacher or medical professional advised you to get support for your child, it is best to discuss your thoughts and concerns with me on the phone, and if indicated, we can schedule an appointment to have a face-to-face conversation about your concerns.

What is psychotherapy? 
Today there are many different types of psychotherapies, some focusing on behavior change, some on changing your thinking, and some on changing your feelings. While having to choose from different types of therapy might be confusing, the good news is that research has shown that it is the relationship with the therapist that makes the difference.   

My overall perspective is depth psychological. In depth psychology, the terms soul, psyche, imagination, image, and the unconscious are connected and at times used interchangeably. In depth psychotherapy, the focus is on establishing an ongoing dialogue with one’s inner world. This dialogue will help you be more in tune with yourself. The focus of therapy consequently is not so much on changing oneself, but on sensing your true character and calling. The challenge often is that who we are meant to be is not clear to us, because our experiences, society’s values and other people’s expectations of us cloud our vision and weaken our ability to hear the soul’s voice.

To support the process of discovery, my practice aims to respect both causality and finality. Causality means that past experience influences who we are today (Freud). Finality refers to the final or purposive cause of experiences, their meaning. The question we ask is: What are the events of my life trying to tell me about how to live more in accordance with my calling (Jung). Looking both ways, back into the past and forward into the future, helps us make sense of the present and deal with the challenges we encounter.

What is care of the soul?
“Care of the soul” is the etymological meaning of the word psychotherapy. The main dimension of soul work is depth. The focus of all my services, whether psychotherapy, consultation or mentoring, is to aid the process of deepening: deepening understanding, deepening insight, deepening feelings, and deepening relationships. However, deepening doesn’t mean digging or forcing it to reveal itself. Together we will encounter the soul’s depth by recognizing the image by which it presents itself. Oftentimes it is right in front of us, but we fail to see it. What we need to do is to approach it indirectly and in a respectful manner - pay close attention, attend to the details, look at it from different perspectives, turn it up side down, hold it close to our heart, or push it far away. Unlock the inner connections between things and soul, i.e. its meaning, will be revealed. This is why James Hillman says that soul work is image work.

What kind of training do you have? 
I am a licensed psychologist (PSY21283) and registered board-certified art therapist (04-184). My doctoral degree is in depth psychology and my masters degrees are in art therapy and social science. I also hold a post-graduate certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health. In addition I have a certificate in T. Berry Brazelton’s Touchpoints approach to fostering early childhood development and attachment relationships, and I have been trained through the NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) in Child-Parent Psychotherapy developed by Alicia Lieberman to treat traumatized young children.

Do you do educational and psychological testing? 
I do not do any educational and psychological testing. However, I can help you find a professional who does testing.   

How long are your sessions? 
Sessions are 50 minutes. Longer sessions can be arranged if necessary.    

Do you provide therapy in other languages? 
I grew up in Switzerland, and speak Swiss German and German.   

How can I pay?
I currently accept cash and checks.

Do you take insurance? 
I do not take insurance, however, I will gladly furnish a monthly invoice that you can submit to your insurance.

How much are your session? Do you have a sliding scale? 
My fee is $200 per session (50 minutes) payable at the beginning of the session. Sliding scale is available. I am confident that we can agree on a rate that works for both of us.

Where is your office?
My office is located at 16 N. Marengo Avenue, Suite 218 in Pasadena, CA 91101. Please click here to see a map and parking instructions.

How can I make an appointment? 
You can call me at (626) 215-1909, send a message using the form here, or email me at careofthesoul@lukasjaeggi.com.