Helping people feel more self acceptance while also moving toward positive change is my true passion and calling in life. Let's talk!
Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
Depth psychotherapy is a way of saying that the unconscious is important. In this type of work, we are not just looking to problem solve, although that may be part of the process. Instead, we are looking at underlying patterns, motivations, and origins. We may work with dreams, sand tray, imagery, expressive art, or body posture and sensation to explore what's really going on underneath the presenting story. This kind of work can be deeply healing and restorative as we give the soul a chance to express itself and be heard.
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is an evidence-based treatment for trauma, overwhelming experiences, and anything that feels disturbing or distressing. It is an experiential method in which difficult memories are recalled while the therapist guides the client to focus on eye movements, left-right tapping, or other forms of "bilateral" (two-sided) stimulation. When EMDR is successful, distressing memories lose their charge and become part of the narrative of one's life, rather than a source of present distress. I have been trained in EMDR at levels I and II and have been practicing this modality since 2009.
I have been training in the practice of Hakomi since 2015, and I am currently in the supervision process to become certified as a Hakomi therapist. Hakomi is a mindfulness-based, somatically oriented process of self-study. The Hakomi therapist serves as a facilitator for the client to explore inwardly issues and challenges that show up in the client's life. The practice is experiential and experimental, meaning we don't just talk about issues, we explore together through guided experiments and experiences. The focus is always in the present moment, even when exploring memories and past experiences.
A secure emotional bond with a trusted other is an insurance policy against life's ups and downs -- it doesn't make the challenges of life disappear, but it can help you feel supported, cared about, and buoyed to handle life's vicissitudes. In attachment-based therapy, the relationship between client and therapist is an object of focus, exploration, curiosity, and interest. As this emotional bond becomes stronger, clients find they have more confidence, courage, and resilience. They themselves then become a more secure attachment figure for others, bringing more satisfaction to their relationships, both inner and outer.
Losing someone you love deeply is one of the most challenging and painful experiences in life. It should not be done alone! Bereavement therapy can help you feel like you don't have to carry the heavy burden of loss all by yourself. Together we will make space for your loss and also put together a tool box of skills and techniques to help you navigate the treacherous waters of grief and loss.
Self esteem does not come from achievement, having more money, or being better looking, more fit, or having a bigger house or car. It comes from being on the receiving end of non-judgmental loving kindness, regardless of circumstances, and then integrating this perspective so deeply in your bones that it doesn't matter what's happening on the outside. Therapy can provide this kind of unconditional positive regard and help you integrate this regard so that therapy is no longer necessary. My job with each client is to put myself out of a job.
I have been training in Hakomi since 2015. I am currently receiving specialized supervision to become a certified Hakomi therapist.