This work is soul work. Not just for my clients, but for me.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Bellingham, WA
Supervised by Maureen Romain LMHC
I've completed a six month training in IFS (50+ hours), making our work together IFS-informed. I plan to continue deepening my training and knowledge in this specialty, as it has changed my life completely.
I've completed 30+ hours in somatic training and workshops. These skills help build mindfulness and the ability to be in the present moment. They also help with body image issues, decision making, and spiritual grounding through all of life's difficulties. Somatic skills allow us to separate ourselves from others in the moment, and better understand our needs and advocate for them with appropriate levels of compassion.
My training is rooted in how the beliefs we hold today are based in experiences in our lives. Sometimes these experiences are from when we were very young, and we made decisions about the world, love, and ourselves that no longer serve us. These beliefs often drive our behaviors, especially in relationship to others, unconsciously. This work is about examining our upbringing and welcoming memories that may help us grow into our true selves today.
Your depression is unique and welcome here. I believe depression is always trying to communicate or teach us something. With that message, or those messages, come great gifts and sometimes huge transitions. And yes, there are tools and tricks to ease your burden along the way, but it will be different for each person. I would be honored to companion you through your journey.
Following the work of Sonya Renee Taylor, we examine where our body issues come from, and how external pressures lead us to feel inferior and even apologetic for not fitting into white supremacy's depiction of perfection. We connect closely with the body itself, to find its voice, its needs, and its pleasures, to finally work with our bodies through this life instead of against it. This is not a straight forward process, but a winding one with many parts and emotions to process.
Adolescence is a time of self discovery and individuation. It can cause strife for families as young people create their own forms of initiation into adulthood when our society lacks holistic ones to hold them in. With the pandemic especially, teens may be confused, sad, angry, and more. I feel honored to companion teens through this time. With a neutral outsider, they are able to find themselves amongst all the messages coming from social media, school, families, and our political climate.
Attachment work is not just about our romantic relationships, but also about how (and who) we learned to love the way we do, and how to shift that, if it no longer works for us. This work can be done in partnership through couples therapy, or individual therapy sessions.