I'm excited to explore how dance/ movement can support your psychological, physical, spiritual & relational well-being.
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
Supervised by Kristen Genzano, LPC & Mariah LeFeber, MA, LPC, BC-DMT
Bringing a mindfulness based perspective to therapy allows the therapeutic space to be one of awareness without judgement. Allowing the work to be an authentic journey exploring the challenges, patterns, relationships, and connection with oneself, others, and their environment. I have written and experienced mindfulness based practices in movement, meditation, and research both professional and personally.
Dance/movement therapy is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as, "the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. As a modality of the creative arts therapies, DMT looks at the correlation between movement and emotion." I hold a master's degree from an ADTA approved program at Drexel University.
I believe that in order to attend to every aspect you are as a human I need to bring a variety of approaches. We do not experience the world just one, two, or three dimensions and neither does my work. Bringing in dance/movement therapy, humanistic, mind-fulness based, relational-cultural, trauma focused, cognitive, behavioral, and many more is a my way of honoring your dynamic self. You may need many tools from many approaches and I create space to support that.
I believe we are all motivated towards growth and wellbeing. There are often road blocks in the way that we encounter that prevent us from getting there. As a humanistic focused counselor I believe in focusing on what is there instead of what is missing. With that supporting you on your path in collaboration with your goals, beliefs, and values. I was trained from a humanistic approach and continue to learn and grow from this perspective as well.
We all deserve to be our best possible selves. Unfortunately, our cards do not always line up in a way to do so. In this safe space, we can explore what is in your way and what you need to do to achieve your best self. What that may look like will vary from person to person, and understanding who you are is where we will start. There are no wrongs, only rights, and growing edges.
Women internalize unhelpful social messages, expectations, and traditions that can affect her overall well-being. The experience of being a woman is unique, dynamic, and layered. Allowing time to process, bring awareness to, and feel what it means to be a woman is empowering and essential. Women are mothers, daughters, aunts, friends, spouses, leaders, and followers in a historically repressed way. To change these messages, expectations, and traditions, it starts with a safe space.
Adolescents experience such extreme change emotionally, physically, and relationally. At this time, there are increased opportunities for adolescents to be disconnected, stressed, and adopt maladaptive coping. Seeking a safe, trusting, non-judgemental, supportive space during adolescents can support an adolescent during this crucial developmental period. Therapy has the potential to cultivate positive self-worth, safe relationship building, and easeful self-expression.