My Approach to Helping
I offer a holistic approach that combines talk therapy, art therapy, sand tray therapy, trauma informed energy work, guided imagery and other mind-body connection techniques. 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. Many of my clients have tried therapy before and found that more traditional or formulated approaches weren't enough, weren't helping them experience the change and relief they longed for, or just weren't the right fit.
I believe in the importance and power of the therapeutic relationship, that people heal people, and that we can't do this work alone in a bubble. You can read all the self help books in the world, but without being seen, witnessed and supported by another human, deep healing cannot occur.
I work with clients who:
have experienced stressful and traumatic events;
haven't experienced traumatic events and wonder why they're still feeling a certain way;
don't understand why they're feeling what they're feeling or what's wrong;
are afraid to feel their feelings;
are overwhelmed by their feelings;
struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, perfectionism, exhaustion, or health issues;
have overcome addiction or eating disorders but still feel that the underlying issues are there;
have a perfect life on paper but feel a lack of worthiness, meaning, or connection;
are struggling with relationships;
feel like the same patterns keep happening or they're stuck;
want to go deeper or want more in life.
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.