My Approach to Helping
I help you to reconnect with yourself, and to heal and integrate where there has been pain and trauma. I support you to discover your inner resources, and develop trust in yourself in new ways. When we feel that something is wrong we tend to focus all of our attention on the problem, which can create a fixation that throws us even further out of balance. Tending to the pain while identifying what is working, and what your resources are helps to train our brains to develop new options and greater resiliency. I work a lot with self-acceptance, and self-compassion in small actionable steps along with helping you to get better at regulating your nervous system states (anxiety, depression, etc). As you continue to show up for yourself in therapy new healthier patterns are set into motion.
There is a brilliant intelligence in the connection between your body and mind, which underlies all of your past and present experiences, your healing and your growth, even your trauma. I will help you to become better acquainted with yourself, encouraging you to slow down a little bit more so that you can learn to be a better listener to and caretaker of your body, mind, and spirit. Together we will navigate the doubts, scary thoughts, emotions, and the feelings that come unbidden and wreak havoc in your day to day life. The process is holistic, and tailored to meet you where you are.
If you are ready to feel better and move forward in your life, send me an email or give me a call!
More Info About My Practice
Whether you want to learn how to deal with your anxiety in more effective ways, overcome a difficult habit, resolve intrusive thoughts or painful traumatic memories, or are looking to improve relationships, I will help you find more peace of mind, meaning and satisfaction in your life. My background is steeped in body-mind intelligence and mindfulness along with creativity, dance and art, which saved my life as a troubled youth. Practicing mindfulness and awareness helped me to redefine my identity and the meaning and purpose of my life, improving the quality of my life through patience, presence, and compassion. I use evidence based techniques from EMDR, CBT, DBT, ACT, SE, and Polyvagal theory and practices along with creative arts therapy approaches to meet you where you are and help you reach your goals. My approach is gentle, client centered, and empowering.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Self regulation is the ability to respond and adapt to the situations in life with a degree of flexibility and presence in thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Resiliency and adaptability is deeply imbedded in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). We know more about this now than ever before. It is speculated that approximately 80% of all health conditions are nervous system related. Without taking the time to reset on a nervous system level, it becomes more and more commonplace to move through life with a certain level of dis-regulation and distress without knowing why or what to do about it. The circumstances surrounding trauma and our general cultural attitudes do not often support the full completion and reset needed for the ANS to function as effectively as it is designed to do. We end up with layers of activation and "unfinished business" which has not had a chance to discharge and reset. The good news is that the ANS can be reset to its natural range of function with a little dedication and TLC. In therapy sessions we work directly with the body and mind to bring balance and resiliency back to the ANS and I teach effective exercises empowering my clients to practice self regulation in daily life.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
What I love about being a therapist is that I get to hear your story and reflect back the strength, courage and potential I see in you. It is such an honor to be on a healing journey with a person, and to be witness to each person's self discovery. It takes bravery to reach out for support and to show up for yourself in this way, and I love reminding my clients about how brave they are and how I can see them doing their very best every day. Much of the deepest transformation happens in almost microscopic baby steps. I am here to believe in you when you have forgotten how.