My Approach to Helping
At its core, trauma is a violation of the soul. It fragments our sense of self, depleting our capacity for vitality, trust, and authentic connection. Untreated, its long-term symptoms can include anxiety, depression, shame, poor self-esteem, emotional overwhelm, disconnection, mistrust, neediness, people-pleasing, perfectionism, and more. And these patterns keep repeating until we're able to release the trauma and rebuild our true, whole selves.
I believe (and research shows) that the relationship between therapist and client is the foundation of healing work. So while we will talk about lots of things in session -- your history, your struggles, your feelings, your dreams, your goals, your vision of your deepest self -- we will simultaneously weave a web of mutual trust and understanding that can safely hold and make sense of our discussions. Your experience of the therapy process itself may end up being more healing than any particular thing we talk about.
Trauma doesn't have to be a life sentence. I understand my job as a therapist as a sort of midwife for the pain that needs to be fully birthed and released -- and then as a support for helping you make your life more vibrant and whole.