“I learned, from the inside out, that trauma is stored in the body; we release the painful emotional charge of that trauma by bringing it into consciousness with love, compassion, creativity, patience, and support.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Therapy is an incredibly meaningful second career for me. I left my earlier career as a tax attorney to explore somatic psychotherapy. I received my MSW from NYU (and my JD from Yale Law School). The catalyst for this change (and my most important training) has been my own healing from the impact of childhood trauma and anxiety. Discovering the path toward psychological and spiritual wholeness led me to a deep desire to share what I had learned to help others. I learned, from the inside out, that trauma is stored in the body; we release the painful emotional charge of that trauma by bringing it into consciousness with love, compassion, creativity, patience, and support. My experience enables me to empathize with my client’s experience without judgment and guide them on what can sometimes be a challenging, but incredibly rewarding, path.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our work together involves rewriting your story from the inside out. Whether you had significant trauma or many little traumas and disappointments, it can be hard to quell the impact of the past. The emotional imprint of painful memories lives on in your body, sometimes causing confusing, volatile reactions to today’s stressors. But your body also innately and brilliantly holds the tools for healing. Your body heals your skinned knees, pumps your blood, digests your food, and . . . can lead you back to emotional release and emotional ease. Together, we will harness those tools through connection, active imagination, body-based mindfulness, and gestalt techniques (like dream analysis), and authentic movement. We will also follow the lead of your spiritual self to make meaning of your experiences, find your purpose, and extract the positive from the pain. You can rewrite your story so that it no longer holds you back and instead becomes the springboard to your best, most fulfilling life.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My research has focused on the ways in which people forgive, precursors that might make it easier to forgive (such as processing your feelings, the apology of the other, having empathy for the other, spiritual beliefs, etc.), barriers to forgiveness, and the physical and mental health benefits of forgiveness. While I support my clients in the process of letting go of the resentments and pain caused by past wrongs, I also help my clients understand what forgiveness is not: It is not condoning what the person did, it is not pretending you were not hurt, and it is not relieving the person of responsibility. While it may heal relationships, it does not require you to have any contact with the offender. It does, however, empower you to get past your past and live with more joy in the present.
“My experience enables me to empathize with my client’s experience without judgment and guide them on what can sometimes be a challenging, but incredibly rewarding, path.”