My Approach to Helping
My approach combines a relational style with Somatic psychotherapy. Somatic Psychotherapy is different from traditional talk therapy in that we take time to explore what's happening internally (with your nervous system) so you can learn how to stay calm and regulated. Although your past is important to our work, I'm interested in how the past is impacting you in the present. I teach my clients somatic mindfulness, which heightens one's awareness of emotional and physiological patterns that began in the past and occur in the present.
I'm certified in EMDR and Brainspotting, these modalities are highly effective for treating trauma and addictions; they are also effective for working with mental health issues that are unrelated to trauma. Both approaches utilize bilateral stimulation of the brain to help process unpleasant "stuck" memories.
I'm also certified in NARM, a psychobiological approach that emphasizes working with one's strengths and resources as well as with current symptoms. NARM combines a focus on the body and the nervous system with a curiosity about the client's thoughts and emotions. In NARM the focus is less on why a person is the way they are and more on how their childhood survival style shows up in the present moment.
Our work is collaborative and we'll regularly discuss our progress toward meeting your goals.
More Info About My Practice
I am a Certified Group Therapist (CGP) and I offer three groups in my Century City practice. All groups are being offered online at this time.
Women's Process Group on Monday evenings from 5:00PM - 6:30 PM. The fee is $75 per week. (normally in-person, currently online via ZOOM)
Co-ed (mixed gender) Process Group on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00PM-1:30PM. The fee is $75 per week (normally a combination in-person and online group, currently meeting only online) 4 spots are available
Co-ed (mixed gender) Process Group on Wednesday mornings from 8:00-9:15 AM. The fee is $75 per week (this will be permanently online). NOW FORMING
Group therapy addresses feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety. It helps people make significant changes in their lives and feel better. In group, members get to practice putting their thoughts and feelings into words. As they grow more comfortable expressing these emotional states they may notice a reduction in symptoms and an increased capacity for expansion.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I enjoy working with people who are "addicted to being busy"; sometimes spending too much time on their phones, Facebook or the internet, overworking, or being constantly busy at home. Having spent many years in the corporate world, I like helping people who are trying to find balance at work or considering a new career path. I help my clients create space and time for recreation which increases clarity and reduces stress.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
I need to know what you imagine will be different in your life if therapy worked really well. It?s important to be clear on your hopes and intentions prior to beginning our work together.