My Approach to Helping
Many people find themselves at a cross roads in their life where something needs to shift. I specialize in helping people through transitions to find a balance in their lifestyle and themselves. Whether that transition is becoming a teenager, becoming an adult, finding or loosing a job, entering or exiting a relationship, parenting, or a family that has decided that they need to change their dynamic, I help clients take what is important and healthy to them, and leave what is not.
I have focused on trauma and relationships as these two issues are often at the core of emotional and psychological discomfort. I love helping couples and individuals navigate big life changes, including pregnancy, martial and family concerns, as well as teenagers finding themselves.
My office is located on a 40 acre farm where clients can utilize the open space, and can chose to have sessions in our comfortable office, walking out in the fields, or partaking in equine facilitated psychotherapy. This setting often helps clients take some space from their normal lives and see their life more clearly.
More Info About My Practice
I understand that meeting a therapist can be vulnerable for folks. For that reason, I am happy to do a 20 minute phone consult for people looking to find the right match. Once you decide to start the work, we meet either in the office or can go for a walk so that I may get to know you. We create a plan or vision of what you would like to achieve in your therapy sessions and what you are looking for in your life. From there, we can do office sessions, equine facilitated psychotherapy sessions, or do the work outdoors, the choice is yours and is based on what suits you and how you best integrate change.
Spirit Horse Therapy:
'Spirit Horse' is the name of my unique therapy program where the emphasis during sessions is on emotional intelligence, attachment, self-regulation, trauma resolution, finding our truth (instead of our stories), and learning to empower ourselves and others around us. A combination of psycho-education, client process, and 'workings' are used to help clients change from the inside out, instead of outside in. Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is also offered on site.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy:
In the quest to understand the highest connection between horse and human, we can undergo a journey where we conquer fears, experience subtlety and calmness, and learn to ask for what we want in a way we can be received. Once we are able to do these in our hearts, we can demonstrate them in how we live our lives. Whether we do the work in an office or on a horse, the work always begins on the inside of us.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
From my point of view, therapists will never know their clients more than the client knows themselves, yet, we are the worst narrators of our own stories. We often don't see our lives or ourselves clearly and that is where the beauty of having a therapist lies. A therapist is someone who is on your team, fighting for you by your side, helping you see your troubles and joys more clearly. A therapist is not someone telling you what to do or giving advice, but your ally in life creating a team to fight for internal harmony and joy, whatever that looks like to the client.