My Approach to Helping
I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and groups. I love to create a safe, trusting, and an all-inclusive space as a fertile ground for our relationship that supports change, growth, and actualization in you. I would like to help you live a more creative, peaceful, meaningful, fulfilled, and open life that is not influenced by the residue of earlier traumas but from a resourceful place within you. I believe in the basic goodness you possess and the innate brilliance that has allowed you to go through everything you have to be here today. I also hold space for all the pain and suffering you have endured. I consider this process sacred and look forward with excitement and curiosity to sharing this organic unfolding of life on this journey with you and Iâm grateful for the opportunity.
My aspiration for being an innovative, present-centered, heart-centered, and mindful therapist stems from my life's journey and love for service and the human experience. My approach is always tailored to meet my client's needs, while being informed and inspired by my studies into the transpersonal, humanistic, and body-centered therapeutic orientations including mindfulness-based psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Sufism, Buddhism, contemplative practices, creative expressions, Gestalt therapy and the Hakomi Method of body centered psychotherapy.
As a psychotherapist, I am here for you so you can explore what has lead to your current concerns and what might be left unresolved. We will work together so that what is normally background may temporarily be called into the foreground of attention, allowing healing and peaceful contentment to occur. When you are able to see clearly, rather than through the lens of your previous conditioning, you are in the position of power.
In our being together, I use mindfulness, breath work, movement, creative expressions, focusing, body awareness, dream work, art, nature, artistic and verbal support, healing touch, and journaling. Through thoughtful expression and insightful exploration, you will learn to nurture and grow reliable qualities within yourself to call upon for safety, security, health, and strength both presently and in the future.
I truly believe that the more I know about myself and explore my own inner being, the more I can be there for you. What I love about my passion for therapy is that it requires me to grow on a daily basis in order to meet you where you are.
My intention is not to keep you in therapy but to help you move forward in your life.
I obtained my Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, training in Gestalt and Mindfulness based therapeutic approaches, Human Sexuality, Transforming Addictions, Contemplative Teaching, Group Therapy, Multicultural and Diversity Counseling, Diagnostic Assessment, Career and Lifestyle Transitions, Human Growth and Development, Death and Dying, Traditional Eastern Arts, Meditation, and Research and Statistics. I am a Mindfulness Instructor at Naropa University and a Sangha Guide with the Colorado Insight Meditation Community.
My education through cutting edge research and trainings, work experiences, and personal growth have helped shape me both professionally and personally. They have helped me to find empathy, compassion, and insights into the work I do with my clients and in facilitating transformation through the arising of the optimal field of loving presence.
Furthermore, I draw from my 24 years of experience with meditation and mindfulness practices and my experiences as a teacher, mentor, and a filmmaker.
I am thankful to all my clients who have trusted me and have had the courage to commit to their work.
More Info About My Practice
You are that unique seed that was once planted in fertile ground. You were born into this life with all the unique innate qualities that you are endowed with. On this journey called life, from day one, you have been constantly growing, moving, struggling, and dancing your way towards the invisible sunshine that nourishes you. Sometimes with clarity and other times with confusion. This journey is not easy. Along the way, many obstacles, both internally and externally, reveal themselves to you on this path. Yet, the resiliency within you only knows how to move and grow. Nothing stops it and nothing really can. Now, our job is to find ways to nurture this growth, nourish it, and guide it with multitude of options towards its blossoming and ultimately its unique fragrance. To do this with empowerment and delight. But first, we need to learn and mainly re-learn the skills that can make this process more smooth and joyful. You already know some of these skills; perhaps have forgotten some, and always have the capacity to learn new ones. In our being together we will work on monitoring and modifying these skills with more depth and clarity. With awakening the awareness you will be empowered to have choice and the ability to change. This is a place for you to get the support that is tailored to your needs.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love the opportunity to hold a space for all that clients bring. This space is sacred to me. I love to listen and witness what is alive in my clients.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Therapy is simply having a space where you can be heard without judgments, expectations, or conditions. It can be as simple as that.