My Approach to Helping
I prioritize creating a safe, non judgmental space for you to explore your inner world with compassion rather than criticism. I specialize in helping people create healthy boundaries, move through grief, and quiet the inner critic. Self-compassion and acceptance can be powerful tools to melt shame and work through loss, but they can be difficult to access alone. We will work collaboratively to explore issues at a pace that feels good for you. We'll generally deepen into what comes up organically in the room. You don't know where you're going because we can work together to figure that out.
Supported by a background in Bodywork and training in the Arts I draw on many modalities to inform my work. My approach is mindfulness based and grounded in somatic, psychodynamic, and transpersonal theories.
More Info About My Practice
I offer sessions on a weekly basis (or more if desired) for individual adults and teens. I also offer relationship counseling for romantic and non-romantic partnerships of all kinds. Friends, family members, roommates, business relationships are welcome. I have experience with, and am excited about working with LGBTQIA, Poly and Kink issues.
The therapeutic relationship is important to the work so finding a therapist that is a good fit is crucial. I am here to answer any questions you may have and encourage you to follow your gut when choosing a therapist.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Quieting the Inner Critic: So many of us are raised to strive for perfection, productivity, and success as defined by society's standards. You may have been encouraged to track your progress and critique your performance along the way. While constructive criticism may work for some, others find it can take over and create a spiral of shame and stuck-ness. If you find yourself ruminating in self-criticism, shame, or doubt it may be time to consider a different, more gentle form of self-motivation.
Creating Healthy Boundaries: Boundaries can be physical, emotional, and energetic. Some of us are more porous than others and this can end up creating feelings of overwhelm, fatigue, confusion, anger, and guilt. Distinguishing our selves from the world around us can be hard. Saying no can be hard. If you find yourself feeling taken advantage of, feeling drained, unsupported or harboring resentments, it may be useful to explore your relationship to boundaries.
Moving Through Grief: Any kind of loss can cause grief, and even a seemingly insignificant loss can cause unprocessed grief to resurface. Whether someone close to you has died, or you have lost a relationship, a job, or a part of yourself, having the space to work through the complex emotions that arise is important.