My Approach to Helping
As a transpersonal psychotherapist, I hold a strength-based and non-pathological approach to the heartful, mindfulness-based work that I do with my clients. I believe that all people, regardless of experience and regardless of the amount of suffering, have the innate and inherent potential to grow and heal. In my work with clients, I may use a variety of my many trainings or just one, depending on what you and I feel would be most helpful. In addition to my Graduate studies at Naropa University, I am also a Graduate of the two year training in the mindfulness-based, body-centered form of Hakomi Psychotherapy which I believe is the most effective and sensible approach to psychotherapy that I have experienced. Additionally, I am a trained Gestalt psychotherapist. As a Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist I believe very much in the ways that line, shape, color and texture are a language of healing for both people who are familiar with art and for those who have not picked-up an art supply since they were children. In all of these techniques, I work from a heartful, client-centered, mindfulness approach that embraces your wisdom and life experiences. I am committed to working with you as a unique individual in order to craft sessions that cater to who you are and how you best learn.
Lastly, I have been core faculty teaching Graduate students to be psychotherapists at both Antioch University, Seattle and at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Teaching has kept my practice current and innovative.
Although I have extensive training and expertise, I believe that therapy is most helpful when you and I are in it together. I believe in a term called "assisted self discovery" whereby I help you to access your ability to know yourself well so that you may transform and grow in the context of a safe and spacious therapeutic environment. I hold deep presence and compassion for my clients and learn a great deal from each client that walks through my door. I truly believe in and love my work which I believe contributes enormously to the progress that my clients make both in the therapy office and out in their worlds. It is my hope that you as a person seeking a therapist will find the best match for who you are and for your specific needs and I encourage all potential clients to take time to interview potential therapists. Because I believe that this can best happen in person, I offer a free initial consultation so that we may meet in person, get to know one another a bit and give you the opportunity to interview me in order to see if working together is the best match for you. Please feel free to contact me and I look forward to meeting you! If not, it is my prayer that you find a wonderful therapist with whom to grow and heal.