About me

Growing up as an emotionally attuned kid, it took time to recognize that the world of emotions has a powerful language of its own, often hiding in plain sight beneath the words that people speak.   From a young age, I was drawn to psychology, a field that helped me find words to describe that invisible world of experience I longed to understand as a child.  Now I have the privilege of helping others find ways to describe and understand their own emotional worlds.

During my training at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, I found that depth therapies such as psychodynamic and Existential-Humanistic orientations were particularly helpful in comprehending aspects of people that might otherwise be completely perplexing.  Depth therapies differ from many of the mainstream therapies in their recognition that as people, we are complex.  Because of our complexity, it is important to have an attuned witness to illuminate the deeper, less obvious layers of your experience and help you see yourself with greater clarity.  

For the past six years, I’ve had the great privilege of working and consulting with renowned E-H therapists Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, Nader Shabahangi, and Sonja Saltman (pictured above at a recent training) through my work as Associate Professor and Clinical Training Coordinator at the Existential-Humanistic Institute.  I have specialized training working with core wounds, trauma, anxiety, relational conflicts, and play therapy for children.  I offer effective, depth-oriented therapy that is tailored to your unique needs.  In my experience, this is the most important factor in providing life-changing therapy. 





Contact me at troy.piwowarski@gmail.com or call (510) 878-4165.  For more information about my practice or to book an appointment, click here.  

The existential-humanistic tradition takes great stock in the quality of human encounters, and finds that presence, authentic engagement, and an appreciation for depth are the ideal ground from which any specific technique emerges. In the time I have spent working with Troy, he has demonstrated that these being-oriented values are not only professionally, but also personally important to him and they are of great benefit to those with whom he engages.
— Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Existential-Humanistic Psychologist and Author