My Approach to Helping
All right, so you've done therapy before. You've done meditation and other practices. You've gained insight about your life and family of origin... BUT you still don't feel aligned with your body and soul. Your body still feels heavy. Your career, relationships, spirituality still feel off. You feel restless and dissatisfied.
I use a nervous system approach to help you get in touch with your body and heal from your past in a way that is gentle, paced, and compassionate and moves beyond intellectual understanding. The hope is to help you increase presence, pleasure, productivity, inner freedom, and satisfying relationships with others and yourself without retraumatization of the past. As we move toward curiosity, ease, self-compassion, and joy, you may feel empowered to make choices from your deepest, truest, most embodied self. You may feel more aligned & clear. This is NOT a promise to not suffer, it's finding a better way to relate to human suffering that's inevitable (never buy the lie that therapy will take all psychological pain away-- it won't).
I am an Organic Intelligence Practitioner (OIP). OI is a theory and clinical practice of human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the devastating effects of stress, trauma, and posttraumatic stress (PTSD). It is a somatic-informed approach, one that uses the understanding of the nervous system to move toward your goals.
Unlike traditional talk therapy, my hope is to help guide you away from focusing only on "what's wrong" and help reorganize your nervous system to reduce stress and lean into a life that's more satisfying, more joyful, and more complex. Unlike other somatic (body)-focused therapies, I also don't exclusively "intervene" in an explicitly "body" way either. I look at your goals using a framework that's interested in integrating all of these elements of I-S-O-M-A: your IMAGES (memories, dreams, etc), SENSATIONS (internal experience of body), ORIENTATION (ability to be in the present moment), MEANING (thoughts, cognitions), and AFFECT (emotions, moods, etc). Each of these elements are unique and important parts of our experience-- to overly emphasize one is to neglect the others, which can impede our goals for wellness.
I have my own private practice in a beautiful, bright office in Hillcrest, click the link to preview my website for more information.