I believe that context matters, and recognize that each individual exists in a larger system (family system, cultural context, etc). I am curious about how issues that present themselves in therapy may be informed by these larger contexts and systems, which also includes an awareness of issues related to power, privilege, and marginalization. I bring this curiosity with me, while honoring you as the expert in your own experience.
I see the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for the work of therapy. I strive to engage compassionately and authentically, and to enter into a collaborative space with the client that is based on building trust, openness, and curiosity. I invite clients to provide me with feedback about their experiences in our time together, as these reactions can often help us strengthen our relationship as well as build insight into patterns a client may be experiencing in the rest of their life.
I invite clients to practice engaging thoughts, feelings, and life experiences with increased curiosity, awareness and compassion, including building skills for recognizing and processing emotional/somatic experiences. We notice habitual patterns, practice shifting those patterns in ways that do not cause additional suffering, and consider ways to cultivate desired experiences. This may include (but does not always include) engaging in breathing exercises, meditation practice, and grounding.
I have extensive experience working with trauma, including childhood abuse and neglect, sexual assault, military trauma, etc. I focus on building a safe foundation from which to explore and approach difficult emotions and experiences.
Research shows that the impacts of discrimination and marginalization can manifest in both mental and physical health. I strive to take into account factors related to culture, context, privilege and marginalization, as we explore therapeutic concerns.
Spirituality can be a great source of significant strength, support, and peace. Alternatively, spirituality can be a source of much pain, marginalization, and trauma. I am experienced with considering faith as an important factor in exploring the intersection of various life domains and concerns, and with helping clients consider their relationship with spirituality as they navigate identity development, life transitions, etc.