My Approach to Helping
As a therapist, I enjoy tuning in to the unique energy that each client brings to the therapy session. From the first time you walk into my sacred therapy space, you can expect to feel honored, respected, and free from judgment. I work from a gentle nurturing spirit, intentionally cultivated through the commitment to my own personal mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practices. As a social worker, I believe firmly in "meeting all humans where they are", which means that I promise true presence as you begin to tell me about your life in terms of your strengths as well as your struggles. As humans, it is natural to try to push the pain away. This is ingrained in each of us, myself included. Eventually, in our pursuit for truth, we see that it is impossible to truly push out pain because life is, at its essence, a painful pursuit. Accepting this is at the heart of true transformation. After we work together in session to truly accept the full scope of your life, the real work can begin, which will be based on your expectations of therapy, and an individually tailored plan, a blend of clinical expertise along with various wisdom traditions that honor you and your life perspective. I view psychotherapy as a creative process and consider it an art form. What kind of beautiful art can we create together to reweave the story of your life to include more love, joy, and acceptance?
More Info About My Practice
When you are ready, I like to introduce the practice of mindfulness and meditation into the therapeutic process. Through a finely tuned, highly individualized approach, I can help you tune in to the "inner" landscape of your life. Clients find that it is useful to practice mindfulness techniques in my sacred therapy space, with me, in order to process potentially painful thoughts that arise. The more you become comfortable practicing mindfulness with me, you will begin to feel more confident in developing a personal practice outside of the sacred therapy space. Slowly, you will see yourself learning to tune in more fully to the moment in front of you, and you will feel less afraid of your own negative thoughts, seeing space and relief as you watch them disappear as quickly as they appeared. This kind of work is a lifetime pursuit, but when we begin to catch glimpses of the profound sense of relief these practices offer, it gives us hope that we can access this relief more easily and frequently the more we employ them in our everyday lives.
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What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love the connection I feel to the human experience as a therapist. It makes me feel profoundly connected to All That Is, and I am inspired to be courageous and brave in my own life, through the energy my clients bring during their couch time. Being a therapist also encourages me to keep practicing meditation, mindfulness, and yoga, in order to stay balanced and open, which I believe is at the pinnacle of being able to help others through their healing process.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I am a human, just like you. My struggles have helped me dig into my spirituality, which has offered me insight and wisdom far beyond my master's program and previous work experience in Child Welfare. I am in pursuit of the same thing you are: happiness, contentment, and joy. This is a shared human experience and I honor your sharing yours with me :-)