My Practice


"The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed."   Carl Jung

It is never too late to grow. Psychotherapy that can help us change a life is as much for the person in her  60's or 70's as it is for those in their 30's and 40's.

I am fascinated by stories. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and our lives. The stories we tell others to shape how they see and know us. In psycho-therapy, together we listen to your stories and find the places where some element in the story, perhaps an old belief about yourself, keeps you from the life you want. Over time, the story changes so that the story you tell about yourself at the end, while still recognizably yours, is different from the story you told at the beginning, a revised version that you will continue to live into old age.

There are no magic tricks or tools in this kind of therapy. It works when you and I develop a good working relationship with each other. Your task is to show up at the appointed time and say what you want as honestly as you can. Tell me your dreams. Your feelings. Your wishes. Your hopes. Your sorrows. My task is to listen, listen as deeply as I can, and offer you my feelings, ideas, intuitions that come in response to your stories. 

The goal of Jungian psychotherapy is to enable you to live a life that most fully expresses your own nature. Each of us has a unique self which is trying to unfold. When that unfolding is blocked we may become anxious, or depressed or angry and we may have trouble in our relationships. You and I together develop a caring dialogue which will help you first to understand where you are blocked and then to overcome your blocks. Through our work, you can expect to feel happier and more fulfilled in your relationships, in your job and in your creative life.                                           

Depth psychotherapy is usually not brief therapy. It takes time to explore the complexities of feeling and experience that make up a person's own unique past, as well as present manifestations of that past. Entering psychotherapy is making an important personal commitment.

 Though there is a widely held perception that we must be broken, weak, diseased or sick if we find ourselves in need of a psychotherapist, Jungian psychotherapy is not only for those with diagnosable psychological problems, like depression or anxiety. It is also valuable for personal growth. Through Jungian psychotherapy you may in discover a more authentic and personally meaningful way of living your life. 

Although in most respects working face to face is desirable, when distance or other circumstances make that difficult or impossible, then working by telephone or via FaceTime or Skype is a very workable alternative.

I currently have openings for prospective patients who wish to work by telephone, online or face-to-face -- we can schedule your first session within a week. If you have any questions or would like to know more about my practice or me, please use the contact form on the left to email me. I will call you if you provide a phone number or reply via email as you wish. 

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious. – C.G. Jung

My standard fee is $110/50 minute session. Sliding fee scale available.

In general, I make every effort to assure that cost is not a barrier to our work.  Don't be hesitant to discuss what will work for you. I do not accept third party payment/health insurance. This allows me  to have a sliding scale for fees according to your circumstances and ability to pay. Once we decide to work together, we will settle on a fee which we will negotiate together. In general, I make every effort to assure that cost is not a barrier to our work.  Don't be hesitant to discuss what will work for you.

I accept cash, check, and  PayPal. I prefer to be reimbursed the day of service if possible, but can make arrangements for you to pay once a month, if that is more manageable.

If you book an initial session, cancellations within 24 hours of your session time incur the full fee. This policy is within the standard for the  psychotherapy profession.

10 minute telephone consultation: $0

Hours by appointment only

General Policies

Following is an overview of policies and procedures regarding appointments, fees, cancellations, etc.

1. I am a Jungian psychotherapist specializing in individual psychotherapy. Customarily once an agreement to work together has been made, patients make a commitment which may last from a few months to several years.

2. I do not offer emergency care, crisis intervention, court-mandated therapy, or case management services. I am available via email or telephone to established patients.

3. Full payment is expected for missed sessions and for sessions cancelled on less than 24 hrs. notice. The work of psychotherapy is sometimes challenging and when we hit a difficult place together, it can feel easier to want to avoid coming in for treatment. I would prefer we speak about this intentionally rather than you canceling sessions. I hold your appointment time specifically for you and you alone. Therefore, I charge for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. No-shows or cancellations made after the start of the session incur the full fee. 

4. If you are running late for your appointment, please text or email me as soon as you can to let me know you will be late. If I do not hear from you by 20 minutes into your session, I will call to check on you and may assume you do not plan to attend your session. 

If you are late for your session, we will still end at our regular time.

5. If you need to contact me between sessions about a clinical matter, please email or phone me. I check my messages each day unless I am out of town. If I am planning on being out of town, I will let you know in advance. 

Emergency phone consultations of few minutes  are not charged. However, if we spend more than 10 minutes on the phone or if I spend more than 10 minutes reading and responding to emails, I will treat that time as therapy time and bill you at our usual hourly rate on a prorated basis for that time. If you feel the need for many phone calls and cannot wait for your next appointment, we may need to schedule more sessions to address your needs.

6. If an emergency situation arises, please indicate it clearly in your message to me. If your situation is an acute emergency and you need to talk to someone right away, contact the closest 24- hour emergency psychiatric service: 

Dial 911 or

Go to your nearest Emergency Room

7. To avoid dual relationships, I do not accept friend requests from patients on any of my social media profiles.

My Book

One night over 20 years ago I sat in my friend Pauline’s living room s we talked about our wishes and hopes for our futures. I was recently divorced, my kids were almost grown and I had this great empty canvas of a life ahead of me. I heard myself say to Pauline that I was going to write a book. I had no idea what that book would be about or when I would write it, but the desire to write it came into my awareness that night.

My book, The Fat Lady Sings, published by: Karnac Books, March 2017:


The silent woman 

Life in the panopticon 

The war on obesity: a cultural complex at work 

When a body meets a body: fat enters the consulting room 

Dancing with Marion Woodman: searching for meaning 

Woodman, my mother, and me 

Woodman and anger, food, eating, and control 

A last look at Woodman 

Memory, shame, and the fat body—pulling it all together 

My body, my self: toward a theory of fat and trauma 

Back to the consulting room: blind spots and remedies 

Coming out as fat 

The Fat Lip Podcast - hear me talk about fat and writing The Fat Lady Sings with Ash, host of the The Fat Lip.                                    

Watch my interview with David Van Nuys  for his podcast, Shrink Rap Radio 


"The Fat Lady Sings is a superb and compassionate work for anyone who cares about eliminating prejudice, hearing what is unspoken and unspeakable in our society and for the future of psychotherapy itself. The “fat complex” as Cheryl Fuller profoundly demonstates, afflicts all of us. It leaves ‘fat women,’ in particular as one of the most reviled and misunderstood of social groups. Just as there is no feminism without the elimination of sizeism, so there can be no true psychotherapy unless the ongoing social traumatization of the fat body is given its due. The Fat Lady Sings is scholarly, provocative, revisionary and revealing. It is a song that psychology needs to listen to and to learn.” --Susan Rowland (PhD) Chair: MA Engaged Humanties and the Creative Life, Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA. Author Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002); Remembering Dionysus (2017).

"As a writer, it is my job to create interesting characters, which means by definition people demonstrably unlike others. As the mother of girls, I also have worried about the cultural messages that bombard us from all angles. Much of what Cheryl Fuller deals with in The Fat Lady Sings speaks to all people, fat or thin, genetically predisposed to pulchritude or psychologically traumatized into becoming a plus size. In a world where the civilized know not to divide and categorize based on difference, the obese are still a target for ridicule, torment and pity.

This is a beautiful book, leading us gracefully through a sensitive exploration of how it is to live in the spotlight to the judgment of others and ourselves. Fuller’s clarity and candour makes it possible to discuss the energy required to deal with the trauma, societal dismissiveness and the inevitability of our bodies to rebel from uniformity.

I grew up and have lived all my life in a post-voluptuous world, where the “full-figured girl” was no longer valued. If even one of the doctors who added mention of my weight to my various symptoms during a consult throughout my life could read and learn from this book, the world might be a better place for all of us.” —Janice MacDonald, bestselling Canadian author

"In this book the fat lady sings and keeps on singing. Far from over, she's just beginning. What a pleasureable, enlightening song affirming life, her life. A contagious feeling the reader grows with as well. The author won me with her first sentences and took me with her the rest of the way.

The work is at once sophisticated, acccessible, helpful, freeing. Fat people will benefit in ways rarely felt or encountered but so will people of any  build. This is a friendly book that has a way of melting degradation, rejection, second class citzenship, pressure to be someone or something else that deforms.

One feels human value giving birth to itself in ways that lift and add. No apologies or self-immolation, but a voice that touches and makes you feel more alive because of its self-expression.The body writes itself and you feel more real in the process. What a relief to identify with a voice making room for itself, sharing capacity to be.” —Michael Eigen, author of Under the Totem: In Search of a Path, The Sensitive Self, and Faith

"This book has the potential to be revisionary in sparking a reimagination of fatness from a psychological perspective.”  ~ "The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and its Effects", by Cheryl Fuller, London, UK, Karnac, 2017  Review by Paula M. Brochu Fat Studies Vol. 7 , Iss. 1,2018

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