My Approach to Helping
Life is an interesting journey filled with lows and sometimes some highs. I wonder if you've felt how I've felt in life- sometimes out of control, and sometimes at the top of my game. It's strange how a comment or a look from someone can trigger a chain reaction of feelings, sensations, and thoughts in our body and minds. As trauma survivors, we are so vulnerable. Unfortunately, vulnerability is a silent whistle to the dogs. As we are searching for someone to love us unconditionally, we are met with the people who will eat us for breakfast. Already hurt, they take advantage of us. Alone. Trying to figure out what's wrong with us? Why did we get this deck of cards in life? and Can it be different?
More Info About My Practice
It can be different. It's not easy. It doesn't happen overnight. Your memories will not go away. You can feel better. You can walk around loving yourself with your history. I know that sounds impossible- how can you love yourself after people have treated you like trash? A lot of it has to do with treating your thoughts, your feelings, and your sensations (yes your body). My approach to therapy integrates the thoughts, feelings, and the senses through focused techniques to integrate and release trauma.
As a trauma survivor, I am passionate about using the most well researched and supported techniques that are out there. I want to make sure that you feel better. I want you to have better sleep, better relationships, and a better view of the future.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Studies suggest that more than 90% of people report improvement after being in therapy. Why not try it? Therapy can help you express feelings with out judgement, hear your own thoughts spoken, and to help build and find meaning with a guide on your side.
Therapy can help you decrease nightmares, increase productivity, and feel better overall.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Therapy is definitely scary. You know there are painful things that you aren't ready to talk about. The good thing is that, I try to stay at your pace. I know that things happening in your life now, are direct reflections of your childhood and adult experiences. You are in control of the pace!
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
I am guided by three schools of thought that go hand in hand with one another.
My first guiding influence is the existential mind-set: there is a reason and a choice in every situation, and creating identity and understanding our self and our identity is of utmost importance to make any decisions.
The second guiding influence is the cognitive-behavioral mind-set: thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected to each other. Understanding the background and reasons for our thought processes and feelings, while looking to the future in how improve and repair them (and can help us create our own identity)
The last would be Somatic Psychotherapy: the idea that the body holds traumatic energy inside of it. True healing can not happen unless trauma is processed in the mind and the body. If you are more interested in this idea, please google Peter Levine and watch some of his fabulous work (on Youtube).