My Approach to Helping
My approach with people has been to sit together as collaborative investigators of what I call the "how-come-this-is-so". As a therapist and pediatric nurse, I am in the habit of forming educated assumptions about people that are gleaned from years of doing the work. Being human and having the fun of sorting myself out, and getting trained as a psychologist has put elements of my work together. But I need folks to fill in the narrative about themselves. Together, using both of our skills, and our honesty, courage, and curiosity, we are then able to draw a map of how a person makes meaning of their life experiences. It is a mutual process of discovery and understanding; the adventure of being ourselves. We are the mapmakers.
More Info About My Practice
The insurance panels I am part of are Medicare, all BCBS plans, Tufts, and Tricare. Other plans might have out-of-network benefits, but must be managed by folks themselves to procure reimbursement from insurance companies.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
The three issues that I know most about are traumatic childbirth, post-partum depression, and trauma from early childhood abuse, terror, and war. I know about babies, because I studied their development, behavior, and nervous systems for twenty years. I know about mothers and fathers, because they come with babies. Parents and babies have told me their stories from the time I was 17 years old. I am still listening. Modern childbirth, a natural experience, has become technologically complex, so can be suddenly traumatizing. Modern life, the pace and the isolation, can also be a major challenge to new parents. Years and years of war has traumatized us all in many different ways. I have been trained in these last seventeen years to serve those folks who have served, so that they, and their families can heal.