I love helping people that have a hard time getting their needs met in relationships to have more balanced and fulfilling relationships.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
Hakomi is a somatic (body-centered) psychotherapy based in mindfulness that believes that change happens through accessing the interface between our mind and body. Mindfulness is used to study how we organize our internal experience (i.e. thoughts, feelings, memories, physical sensations, impulses, etc.) from moment to moment. Using this method we can uncover core beliefs and psychological patterns and revive the body’s knowledge as a resource. Increasing our awareness and enabling emotional release at this deep level of ourselves, we learn new ways of being in the world and change becomes attainable.
Are you the survivor of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse? Do you find yourself isolating from others, feeling empty, numb, stuck, angry, hyper-sensitive to touch, anxious, depressed, experiencing physical symptoms that you or your doctor can’t explain? I practice trauma therapy using mind-body counseling approaches which enable you to feel the connection between the traumatic memories stored in your body and the thoughts and beliefs that cause problems for you throughout your life. With this body-centered approach, healing these wounds becomes attainable. Together, we will start to engage your body’s inner wisdom to propel you towards feeling comfort, ease, and vitality in your mind and body again.
Avoiding conflict with your spouse because you fear nothing will get resolved in your relationship? Feel discouraged or helpless because the same types of fights with your partner happen over and over again? Suffering due to cheating or infidelity in your relationship? Whether you’re just looking to improve your relationship, or are experiencing more serious problems, I can help. I help couples create more safe, stable, and intimate relationships so you can learn to trust and rely on one another to meet your deepest wants and needs.
Do you stay in unhealthy relationships far too long and don’t know why? Do you tend to be a people-pleaser? Do you sometimes feel alone and unworthy? Are you very comfortable in the “caretaker” role with friends, family, your partner and feel overly responsible for other’s problems? Do you struggle with letting people help you? Do you struggle setting boundaries with others? Codependency is a strategy we learn as children to deal with these life stressors. Without help, we may continue to feel burdened, lack self-love, and in a lot of pain in many of our relationships into adulthood. I enjoy helping clients understand and have compassion for these traits in themselves, so that they can transform them into healthy and empowered choices. Through our work together, you can create more balanced, rewarding and successful relationships in your life.