My Approach to Helping
I believe that all people have an innate impulse to move towards health and healing. People tend to contact me when they are looking to grow in an area of their life that is no longer serving them. Or when their self-esteem, mood, or behaviors are getting in the way of their life goals. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression; if you find yourself stuck in a never-ending battle with food, dieting, or weight; if you find that your early life experiences are getting in the way of your current relationships, there is hope. I will work with you, not only to reduce your symptoms but also to enhance your understanding of what is at the root of your struggles. I will offer you a comprehensive mind-body approach that takes into consideration all the factors that contribute to your current struggle - So you can find your way out of your patterns and move towards growth and resiliency.
More Info About My Practice
I am a somatic psychotherapist which means I believe that healing does not occur only through cognition and stories but must include the emotional world and the physical body. I worked directly with the nervous system to support regulation and overall health. I refer my clients to the book, Childhood Disrupted and the Adverse Childhood Events scale to consider the implications of toxic stress on the nervous system. I believe that your biology informs your psychology. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma that focuses on how trauma and intense life events are stored in the body. I also employ other modalities in my work that are experiential and relationally-focused.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I have a comprehensive approach to care that does not view an individual's struggles as a "disorder" but as an expression of something else in our life such as (1) unmet relational needs, (2) a life circumstance such as relocation, loss, or the birth of a child, or (3) the nervous systems attempts to cope with overwhelming or toxic events. If you were to watch video's on Dan Siegel's Window of Tolerance, this is a nice starting place for the way I work with clients. I like to talk about attachment and relationships and how these relate to your health. I like to know about the experiences in your life (birth, early life events, maternal bonding) that shaped your capacity for regulation and connection. I have an in-depth understanding and will teach you about the difference between shock trauma and developmental trauma and how this shapes our capacity for connection, resiliency, and regulation. And, how all of this is related to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, phobias, or eating disorders. I will teach you about Stephen Porge's Polyvagal Theory and the threat response cycle and how all this relates to your physical, emotional, and mental health. Most importantly, I will offer alternative options beyond talk therapy that will allow you to work towards change both inside and outside of the therapy sessions.