My Approach to Helping
I hold space for clients as they acknowledge areas of discomfort, mentally and emotionally, and work to make sense, and find purpose and understanding there. I encourage clients to identify how beliefs, past and present experiences, and troubling memories are creating distress in their lives through symptoms of PTSD and trauma, body-image issues and eating disorders, hyper-arousal, distractibility in important functional roles, self-harming and dependent behaviors, anxiety, low or unstable mood, relational and sexual issues, and other unhealthy long-term coping skills.
I support clients in this process through the use of body awareness exercises, mindfulness, EMDR, parts work, sand-tray, TF-CBT techniques, and unconditional positive regard. Grounded in ACT, polyvagal theory, Internal Family Systems, person-centered theories, HAES (Health at Every Size), Intuitive Eating, and the adaptive information processing model. I am currently receiving supervision to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and am a member of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals).