My Approach to Helping
Sometimes we cannot seem to let go of painful events from the past. They make us trust people less, make us more reactive emotionally, and prevent us from enjoying life in the present. Things like child abuse, loss, grief, serious physical illnesses, auto accidents, and violent crime can cause post-traumatic stress.
I use EMDR Therapy, clinical hypnosis, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help people get unstuck from the past so they can move along from what hurts them. I love helping people reduce their anxiety, depression, stress, and negative thoughts with these techniques.
So many people are trapped in self-defeating behaviors and ways of thinking, and feel helpless to change them. I assist people in finding the strength, creativity and inner wisdom to stop themselves and choosing differently.
Ultimately, we are wired to need and help each other. I believe that a healing relationship with another human being can restore our sense of safety, peace, and normalcy after something awful happens to us. In my work with people who have suffered loss and trauma, I have seen how important it is to restore and improve the human connection. It can start with just one person, the therapist, and then branch out to people in the family, friends, and members of the community. I would like to be that first person you reach out to and start to trust so that you can extend and improve your relationships with the people who matter to you.
More Info About My Practice
I have received hypnosis training from the Milton Erickson Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona with teachers who studied directly with Dr. Erickson himself. I have learned to help change people's emotional and behavioral states by evoking the internal resources that help people cope effectively with life's stressors. The American Psychological Association's division on clinical hypnosis defines hypnosis as, "A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion." When we bypass the conscious mind through hypnosis, we can access a more creative and receptive state of mind that allows for possibilities that the conscious mind can deem impossible or improbable. Sometimes the results can be profound and very satisfying. I'd love to help you reach that state so that you can transform your limitations into a stronger, more capable state of being. If you want to learn more about Ericksonian hypnosis, you can visit my blog at
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I work well with people who are stuck in the past due to trauma or loss. Having worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for a number of years, I have experience and interest in helping LGBTQQIA clients as well. I also have first-hand knowledge of chronic illnesses, especially multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. I keep a scent-free office to help people avoid getting sick from things like hairspray, cologne, perfume and other toxicants.