As a holistic, or integral psychotherapist, I weave together current applications of neuroscience, western clinical psychology, attachment theory, ecopsychology, yoga, eastern psychology and mindfulness practices, with experiential wisdom that comes from direct relationship with myself and the world around me.
I work with the experience of the present as well as memory of the past, with curiosity, compassion, and focus. We explore whatever arises: bodily sensations, images, dreams, and repetition in a way that is unique to every client. Through this exploration clients identify the places where they feel disconnected, rigid, and ill at ease, as well as the places they feel comfort, integrity, and purpose.
I use a combination of modalities, collaborating with my clients in a way that is empowering and client led. We may use somatic inquiry, Gestalt oriented work with polarities, inner dialogue and parts work, expressive art therapy, or mindfulness practices in session, depending on what is most alive in the therapeutic process.
Collaborative and consistent relationships have been scientifically proven to restructure the brain and heal trauma. This can lead to decreased emotional reactivity, and increases brain functions such as creativity, curiosity, flexibility, and playfulness. This process allows clients to lead lives that are increasingly authentic, satisfying, and happy.
My demeanor is compassionate, accepting, warm, and curious. I am also directive, practical, solution focused, and challenging when a client is ready for this. All people need a unique balance of safety and expansion in order for change and growth to occur. As I get to know a client, I develop an understanding of the right pace and balance of these elements to suit their growth.
I specialize in treating trauma and anxiety. Trauma and its symptoms are direct expressions of nervous system hyper and hypo-arousal, which are automatic responses of the organism to cope with a situation that is inescapable or overwhelming, and threatens its integrity or survival. Using mindfulness, somatic processing, and EMDR, I support clients to reconnect with their bodies, reclaim their nervous system functioning, and then make meaning of what they have survived.
We each have access to wholeness, a place within where we can collapse polarities, inner conflict, and self-rejection, into a space of neutrality, acceptance, and love.
To access this place, we must first learn the language of our own emotional and sensate lives, to learn to relate to our true feelings and desires with honor and respect. They are waves of information, healing us, and helping us to navigate toward greater integrity and authenticity.
Our psyches are amazingly creative when it comes to protecting ourselves from intolerable experiences or emotional states. It is natural that throughout life, in response to the small and large challenges, we develop layers, or parts, that play different roles in this inner constellation, held together powerfully for identity survival.
In our work together, I support your discovery of your inner landscape, to begin to understand your unique parts, what roles they play, where and how they learned to believe what they do, and take certain things on.
I see you as a whole system, which makes sense in its patterning exactly as it is. As we live and move toward more full expression of who we are, we arrive at points in our lives where what we have been doing is no longer working for us, or we sense that we are blocked, cut-off, and need support from outside ourselves to understand what we are going through.
I have great respect for every person who is willing to go on this journey with a therapist, to risk being vulnerable, and to be deeply seen by another. The relationship that happens in the psychotherapeutic space can become a new template for how we connect with ourselves and others.
Individual therapy Outcomes:
- Feeling content
- Feeling whole, with less inner conflict
- Decreased emotional reactivity and awareness of emotional triggers
- Ability to interrupt cycles of feelings-thoughts-beliefs that increase anxiety
- Tools to shift your body’s chemistry and rhythms
- More clear interpersonal boundaries
- Increased emotional resilience
- Say “No” and “Yes” when you mean it
- Ability to connect with one’s own needs, and appropriately consider needs of others
- Sense of purpose or meaning
- Increased sense of confidence
- Less rigid expectations of self
- Feeling a sense of belonging and connection to the world
Intimate relationships can bring forward our highest potential as well our deepest fears. It can also bring forward impulsive and unconscious habits we engage in unknowingly, to avoid difficult feelings.
From the moment we are born, we live, breath, and survive in and through relationship with another person. Our brains and bodies are made for relating, understanding, nurturing, and being loved. In fact, the need for love, acceptance, and connection is part of our biology. As we grow, we also need to separate from this attachment figure or figures, to meet our own needs. The chemistry and patterns of connection, or attachment, early in life, become a blueprint for the way we connect and experience intimacy as adults. So also, does our ability to care for our own needs, physically and emotionally.
As adults, it is common we find or long for relationships where we can feel accepted, nurtured, safety, and belonging. Commonly, this is through romantic partnership. This base and primal patterning forms a powerful drive and is so linked to our survival that it is no wonder that intimate relationships can cause such difficulty. There is a lot at stake. Most people have desires and expectations of their partners to meet so many needs, and yet, a partner is a separate and sovereign entity.
Couples Therapy Outcomes:
- Clear and effective communication
- Increased empathy and understanding for one another
- Transformed negative patterns
- Improved boundaries
- Deeper trust and emotional intimacy
- Increased sexual intimacy
- Mutual support for independent growth