My Approach to Helping
Therapy is a journey into the soul -- a way to reach in, explore its terrain, and carry what we discover back into our everyday lives. To facilitate this exploration I use traditional psychotherapy as well as art therapy, dreamwork, and ritual in my work with adults.
Through the creative process of art-making, a person of any age and with no art experience can foster a relationship with their own deep images which can promote profound transformation and healing.
Dreamwork supports our connection to our deepest self. I encourage my clients to cultivate their relationships with their dreams, by keeping a dream journal, making dream intentions, and enlivening the dream through art-making and other embodied practices. In sessions, we may engage in conscious intentional dreaming, as a way to discover more about the dream and continue its healing.
Creating rituals in therapy helps to mark unique moments in our lives, catches us up physically, emotionally, and energetically and reminds us of our true nature.
More Info About My Practice
Our everyday symptoms, ailments, and irritations that so persistently call our attention, actually help bring us back into wholeness by pointing us to look back at places and ways in which we separated from parts of ourselves through the wounds of our childhood. With connection, expression, and care for these old wounds, we integrate. We learn to simultaneously be the one to feel and express what needs to be felt and said while at the same time we learn how to be the healthy adult that holds space for this work and nurtures that child within. I often think of it as digging for lost treasure ~ it is indeed hard work and yet the rewards are simply incredible. We descend together into the wound, hear its story and feel its experience, all with gentleness and love, and then, the gold that no longer needs to be kept hidden is carried to the surface.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
It is so important to feel a connection with your therapist. Not everyone is a good fit together. There needs to be chemistry and only you can decide if the fit feels right. If you feel warmth and authentic caring and curiosity from a potential therapist, that is a good sign to begin with. Also, I recommend finding a therapist who values your very own inner wisdom and can help you reconnect with that, rather than a therapist who feels that they know you better than you do.