I view therapy as a protected space to allow for thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to be explored with curiosity rather than self-criticism.
My approaches to the therapeutic process:
Relational: A therapeutic relationship often functions as a microcosm of how we relate to others outside of the therapy room. It can offer insight into our level of trust, strategies for self-protection, and emotions often experienced in relationships. Curious reflection on the flow of our relationship during sessions can help in identifying barriers to greater connection with others in your life.
Trauma-Informed: I have specialized training in somatic (body/mind) approaches, including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Hakomi. Talking through problems is important, but it is also helpful to bring attention to the body, our felt sense. Awareness of our breath, how we hold tension, and the rhythms of our nervous system can facilitate healing at a deep level. I have extensive experience working with survivors of interpersonal abuse. See Everyday Stress and Trauma page.
Creative: Visualization, metaphor, and creative use of storytelling are often helpful tools when life’s hurdles need a fresh approach. Creative expression of self offers a window into our right brain functioning, intuition, and innovative natures. I am an artist myself and the creative process brings me much joy. Sandtray therapy offers direct access and depth to our creative expression.
Psycho-Spiritual: If spiritual beliefs and practices are important to you, I am open to including them in the therapy process. Orientation towards the spiritual and existential can provide a context helpful in approaching life’s complications as gateways to growth. Body/mind therapies which I provide nurture increased embodiment, which often leads to greater spiritual attunement. I honor the world’s wisdom traditions, from God to Goddess, Dharma to Earth-based practices, existential to the agnostic. I believe every tradition has something useful to offer.