My Approach to Helping
In a world riddled with uncertainties, stress and trauma seem to be part of daily life. The most devastating impact over time is the loss of connection with ourselves. My approach to therapy is to provide a safe and supportive container to gently renegotiate old emotional and physical strategies, practice new ways of being and help you reclaim that connection to yourself. It is my firm belief that the most important element of effective therapy is a genuine connection between you and me.
I utilize a variety of mind-body treatment modalities including Somatic Experiencing to treat and resolve the fight-flight-freeze and fear cycles in the present moment, to move toward resiliency, self- and co-regulation. I like to think of therapy as a collaboration to help you increase life skills focusing on your strengths and resources.
People who consult with me may present symptoms of anxiety or depression. Their suffering may be connected to a specific event or a crisis (loss, accident, illness), or be the result of an overwhelmed or dysregulated nervous system.
Nervous system dysregulation can happen after "ordinary" events such as car accidents, falls, medical intervention, or after "extraordinary" events such as natural disasters. Our nervous systems can become overwhelmed when we live through something that happens too fast, lasts too long, or is perceived as "life-threatening." That's because even though our nervous systems are similar, our perception of the same event varies based on our history and life experiences.