“I am a strong believer in the mind-body connection and I utilize a holistic approach in the therapeutic process,”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a strong believer in the mind-body connection and I utilize a holistic approach in the therapeutic process that encompasses neuroscience and mind-body medicine. I discovered EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) therapy and am completing my full certification this year. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation where a therapist guides a client through eye movements, tones, or taps in order to move a memory that has been incorrectly stored to a more functional part of the brain. EMDR corrects this positioning so that painful memories associated with trauma lose their charge or trigger. The client is then able to recognize that the memory happened in the past and does not feel like they are reliving the experience.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use a holistic approach that merges neuroscience, mind-body medicine, diet, exercise, and sleep with weekly actions and sustainable, long-term goals. In order to truly understand your story, I consider the impact that diet, exercise, and sleep have on your mental health. Studies show approximately 90 percent of our serotonin, a vital neurotransmitter associated with regulating mood, social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, sexual desire, and sexual function, is produced in our gut. This understanding further enhances the need to strengthen the mind-body connection that is so important to mental wellness.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I work closely with psychiatrists, nutritionists, and gastroenterologists. I believe that all of us have had challenges in our lives, whether that translates to bigger traumas or smaller hardships. As a result of our challenges, we have beliefs about ourselves and our place in this world. I use evidence-based practices to identify and manage triggers that may manifest as fear, anxiety, and negative beliefs about who we are and what we deserve.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
No issue is too big or too small to explore! You deserve to feel love, security, and peace. Everyone needs support in their lives and this time is yours.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m most excited about providing psychoeducation on the vital importance of understanding the mind-body connection. Healing lies within our knowledge of the body and how it responds to the external world. As for research, I’m interested in further explorations of EMDR, along with other somatic therapies specifically related to attachment theory.
“I use evidence-based practices to identify and manage triggers that may manifest as fear, anxiety, and negative beliefs about who we are and what we deserve.”