My Approach to Helping
I offer a holistic approach that combines talk therapy, guided imagery, meditation, relaxation techniques, energy work, and experiential therapies. Integration of mind, body and soul are always a part of our work together and the combination of tools used is tailored for each specific client and for each different session.
I support clients in exploring the underlying causes and root sources of the symptoms, suffering and difficulties that are showing up in your life now as well as practical tools for moving forward. I also work with clients on tending to, regulating and soothing the nervous system and the body and mind's response to stress, anxiety, fear and trauma.
More Info About My Practice
I practice from a psycho-spiritual and trauma informed lens and combine attachment theory, strengths based approaches and multiple mind-body connection techniques. I'm always happy to explain more about what each of these approaches means and what to expect in a session with me.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The relationship between client and therapist can be a powerful healing vessel. It takes time to build and establish trust, and I won't expect you to trust me the moment you walk in the door. I also won't ask you to provide a detailed life history or time line in our first session (unless that feels good and helpful to you). Instead, I allow trust to build naturally over the course of our sessions and focus on establishing a sense of safety and empowerment in you. I always trust you to share what needs to be processed and explored exactly when you need to and feel ready to do so. I believe in the therapeutic process going at a pace that feels good to each individual client. Therapy doesn't have to feel overwhelming.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
A plethora or recent research has been providing evidence for what many therapists and clients have believed for quite some time. In many cases, what is labeled as a "disorder" or "mental illness" is actually a person reacting completely normally to something they have experienced or something that has happened to them in life. Research about traumatic events has taught us that people's reactions to trauma are not mental illness, but a normal reaction to an abnormal event or experience. Life experiences, especially traumatic ones, literally re-wire the brain, and therapy can also re-wire the brain back to a healthier state and often a state that can experience even greater well-being and resiliency than before.
I believe that everyone is doing the very best they can with the tools, resources and knowledge that they have available. Sometimes we come to a place where we realize that behaviors, thoughts or patterns that were helpful and protective, now seem to be getting in the way, no longer serving us, and hindering rather than helping. By exploring these, old ways of being can be released, healed and transformed and clients are able to step into new ways of being and living in alignment with their highest good.