My Approach to Helping
At its core, my approach to psychotherapy is three-pronged:
1. It is centered around the exploration and discussion of the full range of your emotions. I help you gain a more felt and embodied experience of your emotions (rather than one solely based on intellect or insight), which in turn, can facilitate greater spontaneity, flexibility, creativity, and vitality in your life.
2. The relationship that you and I co-create is full of interpersonal information that we can use to change recurring patterns that are painful or self-defeating.
3. I understand that cultural context matters in all aspects of our emotional lives. As such, my hope is that therapy gets you more interested in your own individual differences and the various influences or systems that have shaped you.
I see my role as an empathic companion as a well as an active guide who creates a safe base from which to walk on paths less trodden. I follow your map of the terrain, but ask that we pause and pay attention to the shapes, colors, and, lines, so to speak, of such a landscape. Often in this deep exploration, things emerge that we least expect -- and I offer spaciousness and steadiness to you as we navigate what's coming up in the here and the now of a session. Throughout these endeavors, I respect the nuances and particularities of your complicated and (likely) contradictory emotional truths.
More Info About My Practice
-I value befriending our defenses or adaptations against overwhelm, anxiety and shutdown. And I wonder with you about ways to perceive things from various angles; always with your point of view as the fulcrum.
-I respect mind-body-spirt connections that underpin so much of what it means to be a human in our current times.
-In my experience, psychotherapy can be a home for the doubts, questions, and desires that may otherwise be relegated to the shadows.
-My approach to psychotherapy is informed by the arts, psychoanalysis, feminism, community-based advocacy, and the neurobiology of trauma.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My experience and training have focused on addressing and alleviating the impact(s) of:
- shame and mistrust of self due to complex relational trauma;
- parentification - (a process of role reversal whereby a child or adolescent is obliged to act as parent to their own parent);
- emotional enmeshment;
- sexual trauma;
- and long-term chronic stress, such as living with or caring for a chronically-ill or disabled family member
I tend to form strong alliances with writers, visual artists, and other highly creative individuals. I also find that clients who are mixed-race or multi-cultural resonate with me.
Couples that have avoided conflict to the detriment of their relationship have also found a home in my practice as well as couples hoping to access greater intimacy and eroticism in their shared lives.