About My Clients
You are beginning therapy because part of you knows it would be more uncomfortable to continue "business-as-usual" than to open to change. My clients want to thrive and live in integrity, yet are feeling blocked/stuck in some way. Anxiety, depression, relationship troubles, addiction, loneliness and grief are an initiation, signals that it is time for you to try something new, go deeper with a steady and compassionate guide, and step into the vitality and well-being that is your birthright.
My Background and Approach
I specialize in healing trauma and relationship difficulties using the wisdom of the body and the neurobiology of trauma as a guide to wellbeing. I have a somatic and mindfulness-based orientation, so our work has the potential to reach a deeper level than just talking about issues. I try to balance wisdom and compassion in our work together, balancing top-down practical strategies and skills, with bottom-up strategies rooted in compassion, listening to the wisdom of the body, and your intuitive/creative mind. I am a holistic therapist, which means that I believe your context is an important factor in therapy. I pay special attention to systems: body systems, family systems, ecosystems, systems of oppression, and social conditioning. In other words, I believe everything exists for a damned good reason, and help to increase understanding and awareness of unhelpful patterns and distress so you can step back into your power.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Over 10 years of formal meditation practice inform my work. I have gained so much from teachers lending their compassion, acceptance, and confidence in the basic sanity within me, I only hope to pay forward what I have borrowed. I have only seen people become more alive when they accept and care for what is difficult, knowing and experiencing what is true, however painful. And I know how helpful it is to have a supportive presence with you along the way. I have only found more choice and freedom in facing parts of myself I had previously been unable to know and experience in a conscious way. I only wish to be a support to others on this path of wholeheartedness, health, and integrity, and share my deep faith/trust in the process with others. I should also say that I have a deep connection with the natural world and have lived and worked in wilderness areas for over 10 years. I incorporate the healing power of nature in subtle and immersive ways.