I approach therapy in a relational, and collaborative way - from the point of honoring human connections and our interconnectedness.
Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that incorporates the connection of mind and body and uses both psychotherapy and physical therapies for holistic healing. In addition to talk therapy, somatic therapy practitioners use mind-body exercises and other physical techniques to help release the pent-up tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Most people are familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that results from a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or car accident. Most people with trauma-related problems have experienced multiple traumas. Complex trauma is usually interpersonal, involves ‘being or feeling’ trapped; often has more severe, persistent and cumulative impacts; involves challenges with shame, trust, self-esteem, identity and regulating emotions.
Contemplative psychotherapy is a branch of therapy integrating Eastern Buddhist philosophy and practice with the clinical traditions of modern Western psychology, and is rooted in the belief that all individuals posses the internal wisdom necessary to heal from pain.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) teaches mindfulness skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility. Acceptance of things as they come, without evaluating or attempting to change them, is a skill developed through mindfulness exercises in and out of session.
My work is informed by the importance of human relationships, as well as the relationship we have with ourselves and I bring this into my work as a therapist. Human beings are at their nature relational beings and the place we thrive the most is in relationships with others. I strive to help clients to create and maintain healthier and more fulfilling relationships.
Individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning sometimes face challenges unique to the LGBTQ community. I strive to provide an open, safe and affirming space to those who are coming to therapy to talk about the challenges that are directly related to their identity as a queer, trans or non-binary person.
Loss and grief touches all of us in various degrees. Both are part of our experience of being a human being and are not avoidable. In my work with those who are working with grief and loss, I allow space for all and any emotion to come forward and be explored and strive to create provide a safe and compassionate space to do this work. After all, compassion is a relationship between equals.