I help people who feel held back by the past develop confidence, risk-taking abilities, satisfying relationships, and joy.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO
I have worked with many women and men who initially seek out counseling for anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and work issues--and often underlying these problems is a lack of trust in themselves, lots of negative self-talk, and unfinished healing from past family and relationship events. My hope is to create a safe environment to explore the lack of self-esteem, and to then collaborate in implementing skills that will foster self-confidence, and self acceptance.
I often use mind-body exercises when helping people cope with stress, anxiety, depression and life changes. Since the mind and the body and interconnected, I often find that blending talking with body-based work often leads to more effective and long lasting relief. Also, as a certified yoga teacher of 20 years, I draw from yoga postures, breath practices and relaxation techniques I have collected over the years. Body centered therapy is paced with your comfort level.
I often come back to the adage, "Don't believe everything that you think." I enjoy offering different perspectives regarding the relationship between our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. CBT is a structure I use because it offers a wide range of problem-solving tools to help challenge our beliefs, feelings and behaviors. We can explore new possibilities for coping with what is holding you back--this could include role playing, relaxation practices and other coping tools.
Sometimes, the words we use to describe what we are going through (talking) doesn't completely explain our pain or difficulties. Some things are difficult to put into words, yet are felt and sensed quite clearly. This is where non-verbal practices (art, movement, music, writing, storytelling, ritual) can be helpful, as they express--via creativity--the how, what and why of our situation. I am trained in facilitating expressive arts therapy sessions, and have simple tools to offer.