CLINICAL ORIENTATION

I believe that the painful places inside you have the power to transform into the strength, hope, and capacity to lead a more fulfilling life. In partnership, we can support you in a path of reconnecting with your own resources, finding sources of resiliency, and tapping into your deepest core longings and mind/body messages, so that you can move through what has been frustrating, painful and difficult in your life and relationships and begin to live the kind of life you want.

As we work together, I will support you in attending to what shows up below conscious awareness and can be accessed through body awareness, movement, or touch. We can often take advantage of natural healing mechanisms to support the physiological impacts of trauma and betrayal. You’ll also find that I listen carefully to your story (and the story beneath the story), your yearnings and challenges. I am gentle and will challenge you to grow. Recognizing the real challenges, injustices and complexities we contend in work, home and in political systems, I find it a great honor to support you in the journey of empowerment. I work in a collaborative relationship that seeks to honor the whole of you and your choices, with sensitivity to the impact of social and cultural injustice.

MY THEORETICAL APPROACH

While the core of psychotherapy involves some basic understandings of how people interact, and a licensed therapist has undergone a period of internship and supervision, therapists differ according to the amounts of training they continue to receive and their theoretical perspectives. My approach is a blend of somatic, attachment-focused and relational analytic based on extensive training and thinking of how these systems work together to support you. In detail, somatic psychotherapies refer to therapies that involve the mind and body. Attachment refers to the bonding that happens between children and a primary caregiver, or in adult relationships, and our styles of finding love intimacy and security. Relational analytic means looking at the those relationship dynamics in relation to past and present patterns My approaches come from cutting edge thinking about mind/body relationship, with studies that began prior to my becoming a therapist, working for 18 years as a Certified Somatic Education Practitioner. I’ve studied somatic psychotherapies including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy(R), Psychophysical Therapy(R), Inner Relationship Focusing(R) and many other approaches. However, my central influence is Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy(R) - a shame sensitive “intersubjective” approach recognizing the ways in which emotional blocks to early childhood experience can be addressed and we can access core authentic feelings. I am continually learning with leaders in the mind/body psychotherapy field. I reflect often on role of culture, change and disruption and navigating complexity on the way we form relationships and feel at home or belong (or not) in our communities.

My approach to Couples Therapy is greatly influenced by the above, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples(R), in which I have completed an Externship, which supports you in building emotional bonds and expressing core needs to build trust and understanding. I am also influenced from Systems Centered Theory, a theory of group/family dynamics, on how we can avoid scapegoating differences and instead build relationships that work and can integrate complexity of ourselves and our worlds.

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HOW SESSIONS ARE OFFERED

Couples Therapy

——Weekly or bi-weekly couples therapy sessions are offered in 60 or 75 minute sessions.

——Short term Intensives - for situations with limited schedules, or long distance relationships, with option of working in slightly longer sessions, or multiple sessions a day, or multiple times a week.

Individual Therapy

Sessions offered in 50 minute weekly sessions, or every other week 50 or 75 minute sessions.

Touch for Trauma Therapy

Offered short term as adjunct to existing psychotherapy, or longterm as part of a process