My Approach to Helping
I enjoy helping my clients to soar and be all that they wish to be. Each person has their own inner wisdom to lead them on life's path, but sometimes the wisdom and the path seem blocked. When working with you, I'm honored to be a guide or midwife to explore your path and any blocks or wounding that may have obscured it. I believe that the whole person, mind, body and spirit, must be the focus of our time together. We look at both the conscious, rational side of your psyche and the unconscious, imaginative side, so that we may have a deeper knowedge and understanding of who you truly are as a unique person. To do this we may only talk, or look at dreams, use some creative modalities, or energy work as seems appropriate. If you feel unhappy, have suffered deeply, have eating issues, or just don't know what to do, I'd welcome the opportunity to see if we can bring you to the life you wish for and deserve. I also offer "Artist's Way" groups and Authentic Movement. I have a broad range of experience in private practice and community mental health.
More Info About My Practice
Most insurances are accepted.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Yes, I have a special interest in helping people with eating issues. It has been my interest since coming into this profession 16 years ago. I feel that the feminine has been very wounded in our culture. I do not speak of gender here, but of the feminine values in men, women and society of nurturing, feeling, being, receiving, and accepting. I feel as though issues with food and body image are so reflective of this wounding. We tend to feel that we must treat our body as an object to be forced into the current mold. If we cannot do this, we feel that we are not good enough, not o.k., not acceptable. I do not feel as though I have a magic, guaranteed solution to this problem, but I do feel as though I know it from the inside out, as I went through two times of anorexia in my life. During these times, I found little understanding or help. It was not until I went through my own therapy that I began to understand something of the dynamic of what I had gone through in refusing to nurture my body. I have continued my interest and study ever since. So I wish to be there to support and help others in this struggle. Whether the problem is not eating, binging and purging, or compulsive overeating, there seems to be always the basic feeling of not liking ourselves very well and feeling inadequate within ourselves.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I believe that going to therapy means that a person is strong, courageous, and acting out of a place which honors his/her wholeness when choosing to go to therapy. I feel that therapy is about personal growth, as well as becoming more aware and conscious. To me, it is weakness to feel that even though we would like some support in going through a troubling situation, or working through past trauma, or issues which seem to be impeding on our ability to enjoy life. It seems like an act of self inflicted cruelty to ourselves to deny ourselves help and support along the way, because we feel we should be able to go through it on our own. I feel this is false pride and a weakness in being able to ask for what we need. It takes strength, courage, respect for ourselves and the desire to grow as persons to seek therapy. I truly honor all my clients and also learn so much from my partnership with them.