My Approach to Helping
I provide a safe environment where we can work together in "the here and now"; collaborating on issues that arise in the present moment. My approach combines a relational style with Somatic psychotherapy. Somatic Psychotherapy is different from traditional 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.? I base my approach on each client's individual needs, checking in regularly.
I am certified in EMDR and Brainspotting. I'm also certified in a Somatic approach to psychotherapy called NARM which 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. Clients learn somatic mindfulness, which heightens their awareness of emotional and physiological patterns that began in the past and occur in the present.
In NARM the focus is less on why a person is the way they are and more on how their survival style shows up in the present moment. NARM orients the client toward resources-- both internal and external-- in order to help develop an increased capacity for self-regulation and healthier attachments. For more information about NARM refer to the work of Dr. Laurence Heller, a Somatic Experiencing (which focuses on shock trauma) instructor who developed NARM to focus on healing developmental trauma.