My Approach to Helping
My therapeutic approach includes what I consider to be of primary importance to a therapeutic relationship which is a supportive and safe connection. I believe in a collaborative approach with clients' as we explore and identify the life you want to live and what is interfering with achieving your goals. My specialties include working with individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, those who use drugs, alcohol, food or other sabotaging behaviors (e.g., self-harm) to mask emotional pain; and those who have experienced trauma.
I have studied extensively since getting my doctorate to develop a specialty working with individuals who've experienced developmental and relational trauma. These types of trauma inevitably limit ones capacity in the world for connection and healthy possibilities for relationship. Using our therapeutic alliance as a safe attachment base I help clients explore what interferes with their ability to expand their sense of self and aliveness in the world. Developmental Trauma can come from emotional or physical or sexual abuse, but it can also come from neglectful parenting, having a parent with mental health issues, or having suffered major loss. Shock trauma would be something that occurred individually such as a car accident.
In my work, I focus on helping clients work through their emotional and relational difficulties; work through self-destructive and painful life experiences; and explore how the development of painful trajectories including substance abuse, eating disorders, traumatic childhood experiences, relationship and attachment difficulties, depression, anxiety, infertility, and marital issues. We work in the here and now towards development of empowerment but use the present to remove the roots of our pain.
Through self-awareness, insights, changes in thinking, and agency clients can find empowerment, the ability to feel in charge of their lives, and move towards being able to live in integration of thoughts, feelings, and sensations (mind-body-spirit). I focus on helping clients achieve a deeper understanding of how their underlying dynamics effect relationships with self and others leading to a more joyful experience of life.
We often have intergenerational issues and until we can understand and break these cycles we find ourselves habitually or unconsciously repeating harmful behaviors and thought patterns. I help clients to understand how their dysfunctional or harmful behaviors - which were once effective solutions - become their own problems. At times this work can best be done individually, while at other times family or couples work may be the best strategy for multi-generational healing.
My expertise is in trauma informed healing styles that includes psychodynamic, cognitive, somatic, mindfulness, psychobiological orientations. The healing is in the present moment and we work together to find your positive resources, and your areas of resiliency in order to bring a level of aliveness and joy. Through these various integrated modalities I hope to provide a corrective emotional experience that allows for continual growth of the whole individual as a relational being.
Since leaving graduate school I have spent several years becoming specialized in trauma treatment. I have most recently been studying Attachment Focused - EMDR therapy a therapy style to help build neuronal pathways for positive experiences / resources as well as reprocessing of traumatic experiences; I have studied the psychobiological relational therapy; Affect Regulation with Dr. Allan Schore, studied Trauma Resiliency (TRM), and became a certified NARM therapist (Neuroaffective Relational model integrating psychodynamic, somatic, and mindfulness). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.