My Approach to Helping
I deeply believe in people's ability to change and heal. This process takes commitment, patience, kindness, and a desire for something different. I believe our relationship--the dynamic that you and I create together--will play a major role in your healing process. As your therapist, I will never be the expert on you. You are the expert. As we work together, I will help you get in touch with and sort out what remains confusing or overwhelming within. I will seek to know you, understand you, care for you, and reflect to you what I experience as I sit with you. I will model and encourage kindness and self-compassion toward your whole self--body, mind, and spirit.
More Info About My Practice
As I am committed to helping you connect to your inherent goodness and strength, I am also committed to help you uncover and identify structures and systems of power that take advantage of you, oppress you, and commit violence against you so that we may seek the work of justice and wholeness in your life.
I take a somatic approach to healing, meaning that I believe we must incorporate mind, body, emotions, and spirit in the healing process. I believe that the mind and body are one entity and must be treated together. I integrate many different modalities including but not limited to psychodynamic, relational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and attachment theory. The hope is that through our work together, you will gain skills and resources that you need to help you cope with the many stressors and challenges that life can bring.
When working with children, I tend not to direct the play, but to interact and observe. The play itself is a communication of the child's needs. Parent involvement will vary depending on the child's age, but I find, when possible, having the family and the child's community involved in the process is highly beneficial. My hope is that your child will gain skills and experiences that will equip them to be a healthy and functioning adolescent and eventually an adult.
I value laughter, playfulness, and respect for our bodies. I am an artist and am always looking for ways to utilize non-conventional ways of processing in our work together.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in working with children and youth who are seeking support in navigating overwhelming circumstances, relationships, or transitions. I have extensive experience working with women who are seeking healing from past or current trauma andor abusive relationships. I feel particularly prepared to work with those struggling with PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, body image issues, chronic painillness, and behavioral issues. I am an artist myself, so I love working with artists too.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Speaking from experience, going to therapy is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. It pushes us into the corners of our human experience, into the depths of our joys, fears, failures, success, and desires. It can be scary at times and so much fun at other times. The relationship built between client and therapist is unique and rewarding because mutual trust and respect are established. In therapy, you get to celebrate and explore your goodness and your uniqueness. You delve into your past and present experiences in hopes that it will help you makes sense of yourself and your feelings. It is not a simple process and is emotional and vulnerable. Doing this work requires strength, bravery, and risk. I find it an honor to be with you as you enter into this creative, messy, and life-changing work.