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.