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After five years working at SafePlace, a mental health agency which serves individuals, families, and groups recovering from sexual abuse and domestic violence, I've learned that sometimes talk therapy alone isn't enough.   Often the nervous system is under-functioning and needs a specific type of support.  To this end, I have gravitated towards training in somatic (body/mind) theory and application, as well as creative therapies which provide for left and right brain integration.

My aim is to offer a psychotherapy process which integrates the best of Western Psychology, emerging stress physiology research, and other healing arts.  My journey has been shaped by my own experiences in therapy, the creative arts, meditative traditions including Vipassana Buddhism and Christian Centering Prayer, Ashtanga Yoga, and Chinese martial arts.  I view relational and psychological health as foundational to any spiritual seeker's path.

 

Specialized Training

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)

Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) with Stan Tatkin- Level II

Sandtray Therapy 

EMDR Basic Training 2009

Hakomi for the Buddhist Minded  (Year II) 2009

 

Education

M.A., Texas State University, Professional Counseling, 2008

B.A.,  University of California Santa Cruz, Studio Art, 2000