In adolescence, the developmental task is to find oneself, while slowly becoming more independent from parents and community. Indigenous and non-industrial cultures often understood the importance of this, and facilitated this critical process with an initiatory experience. Today, neuroscience is catching up with ancient knowledge, as adults are counseled to find ways to support teens to take healthy risks so that inner resources can be cultivated and strengthened during this critical time.
Anxiety is often at the root of a variety of issues – eating disorders, self-harm, addiction, panic attacks; even some forms psychosis. I use body-centered awareness and gentle questioning to help clients understand the root cause of their anxiety. Often, there is wisdom and truth within the anxious symptoms which need attention and understanding before the symptom itself can rest. Learning new ways of listening to, and soothing, the symptom(s) is often very relieving clients.
Experiencing unreliable caregiving as a young child can set one up for feelings of insecurity and a lack of stability in interpersonal relationships. My training and approach focuses heavily on how my patients' current relationships are replaying old patterns and hurts, keeping them stuck and unsatisfied. Our work sets out to provide them with a healthier model of relating so that they can more compassionately understand themselves and others, and find the connections they've longed for.