My Approach to Helping
When anxiety and stress is overwhelming us, it can impact every aspect of our lives. Our experience of ourselves. Our ability to be present and focused at work and with those we love and care for. Anxiety can drown out everything else. It can sap our joy. It exhausts us. Here's the thing--you're never going to extinguish anxiety completely. It's there to protect you. It's built into the deepest parts of your brain and nervous system and is part of your original equipment. You're not going to eradicate anxiety, nor would you want to, but when it is running the show, driving you into the ground, inhibiting your ability to live fully and love your life, then your anxiety is stuck in overdrive. We can do something about that. In fact, there's a whole lot we can do.
Those overwhelming sensations of anxiety and your busy problem solving mind hold the keys to your healing. Using embodied, holistic approaches to creating calm, to building greater self-regulation, to locating and enhancing your resiliency, we can put you back on the path to yourself and the life you want. You can reduce your overwhelming anxiety with time-tested, holistic, body-centered approaches. I am uniquely suited to help you on this journey, having trained in depth-oriented, somatically based therapies I have applied successfully for the last 13 years in my private practice. Would you like to hear more? Come find me! I'd love to chat with you.
More Info About My Practice
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and work with individuals and couples. I have developed an expertise in holistic anxiety reduction. I am a certified in Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), a dynamic biologically-based trauma healing modality.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Good therapy is a path of self-discovery and equips you to steer your life more skillfully, to enjoy your life and relationships more abundantly. You can let go of old stories, make sense of decisions you've made and experiences you've had. You can become mindful of your own thoughts and actions, more observant of how your relationships are working, and increase your capacity to create the equitable, loving, and supportive relationships you want. We can use your mind and your nervous system to regain your calmer and more fulfilling life.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
More than training or specific modalities, the most important aspect of a successful therapeutic relationship is actually the healing relationship with the therapist. In a sense it is chemistry. It's certainly a kind of compatibility, and it's always about a safe and respectful interaction. You are looking for a therapist you can feel safe with over time. That is a solid start. You also want someone with experience in the issues you are dealing with. A responsible therapist will always refer you on to someone else if they don't feel their skill-set is a good match for your needs.