I believe that everyone has the potential to heal, grow, change, and live a life of purpose and meaning. I offer an accepting, nonjudgmental environment and I aim to meet people where ever they are in life. I believe my warm, genuine nature helps to create a strong therapeutic relationship that can foster the growth many are looking for.
My approach to therapy is grounded in attachment, interpersonal neuroscience, and mind-body theories. Very often, we find ourselves stuck in unhappy situations and feel like we are repeating behavior patterns over and over. The goal of my approach is to help each person become aware of the vast range of somatic (body) sensation and emotion that often underlie our functioning and drive use toward ineffective coping strategies. This work helps us understand symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or addictions in the context of experiences that have been "locked" into our nervous systems, rather than as flaws in our character. I have training in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Natural Processing, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and with these modalities we can access parts of the mind and body that traditional "talk therapy" cannot reach. Using mindfulness and focusing on the present moment can help our bodies and nervous systems release old experiences that keep us stuck, can help to create more satisfying ways of being in our lives. Whether you desire to resolve trauma, decrease anxiety, or overcome addiction, this work is a collaborative process aimed at regulating your nervous system and integrating your body, mind and brain.
Therapy can be a difficult but rewarding process. It takes courage to embark on such a journey and I work towards a respectful, collaborative experience. I encourage my clients to take an empowered, active role in their therapy, recovery, and their lives. My experience includes ongoing work with many issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, shame, grief, addictions, and relationship issues.