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Dr. Thomas C. Maples, Ph.D., LMFT

The Soul of a Dream

Reflections on a Therapist’s Calling

All journeys begin with a dream. My dream occurred in the summer 2000, when I entered a deep and regenerative sleep after applying for law school. Like many people, I yearned to belong to something greater; I yearned to live of a life filled with purpose. However, I did not know who I was or what I wanted to become​.

Dreams are a starting point to engage your personal future. They work through your imagination, opening you to inner worlds of creativity and new possibility. By dreaming, you deal with past emotional and psychological conflict, develop understanding towards events that currently shape your life, and develop the ability to chart new and exciting possibilities for future development. Dreams are a starting point for you to realize the possibilities in life you seek.

​Emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing is a product of soul work, or the capacity we have to dream life forward and watch those dreams become a reality. Psychological symptoms, even mental illness does not doom those who suffer its grasp. Instead, it provides a snapshot into the problems that can impede us during the long and oftentimes arduous journey called life. Symptoms, like dreams, allow us to develop deeper understanding, and engage a path of Self Awareness.

As a practicing psychotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience, I have helped individuals with numerous life problems develop new perspectives on how to deal with their emotional problems. Psychological symptoms are not a sign of weakness, or even an illness; instead, they are roads into the soul of the problem that masks the inner strengths may have simply lost site of. Having treated everything from mood disorders to personality disorders, I have seen the soul behind the problem, and have helped people develop new perspectives to their symptoms as being areas of strength rather than illness.

Are you feeling stressed out? Are things in your life feeling out of control? If you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or as if things are spiraling out of control you are not alone. Let me help you regain control of your life, work on effective ways to deal with overwhelming thoughts, emotions, habitual behaviors, and common daily stresses, so you can begin to dream life anew​.

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