“I am continuously evolving my understanding and approach to assist clients with connecting to all of who they are.”
What are your beliefs about mental health and healing?
Childhood is inherently traumatizing; we have to shut down and close off parts of ourselves in order to feel safe in a world where we depend on caretakers and other adults for our survival. It’s a protective and adaptive strategy under the circumstances, but as we grow up this fragmentation can cause a lot of inner conflict and pain. Healing then becomes a process of reintegrating these parts into a whole harmonious self, through connecting past and present, mind and body. I am continuously evolving my understanding and approach to assist clients with connecting to all of who they are.
What should someone know about working with you?
I love working with adults and adolescents. In our first session, we start the process of getting to know you and your circumstances by having a conversation about what is going on in your life, recognizing where you feel stuck, and completing a few symptom assessments to see how you are affected by your current struggles. My approach is collaborative, relational, and experiential, which means the experience in the room has the potential to be corrective on its own. Home assignments can augment therapy by increasing awareness of patterns and creating new supportive habits. Together, we identify what progress looks like to you, which usually relates to the stuck places, and organically discover our approach to your unique healing path.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Trauma is a mind-body experience, and trauma resolution has to consider the physical response to stress along with the psychological elements that hold the stories in place. I am trained in EMDR, an evidence-based trauma treatment approach. I also provide adjunct intensive EMDR in collaboration with a primary therapist when therapy becomes blocked by the trauma response. I continue deepening my understanding and skill set in areas affected by trauma, including somatic awareness, dissociation, attachment, and relationships. I am currently fascinated with and amazed by the effectiveness of working with internal parts of self.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe the destination and the path to get there should be in alignment. In other words, “Be more of what you want to be until you are that.” The key to being at peace with oneself and the world is to practice being at peace with oneself until it becomes the default state of being. As a therapist, I create an environment to facilitate that connection to Self based on person-centered values of acceptance, autonomy, and nonjudgmental respect. It is from this place of deep connection to Self that your answers arise.
“As a therapist, I create an environment to facilitate that connection to Self based on person-centered values of acceptance, autonomy, respect, and nonjudgmental regard.”