35+ years helping clients access the beauty, wisdom & strength hidden in Shadow for protection, & clinicians to deepen their work.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
While one may choose to not attend to politics, none of us exist outside of our political systems. Power distribution, institutionalized discrimination and racism, income and rights inequality affect the vast majority of us negatively in multiple ways. Together we can work toward ways to heal from those effects to empower you internally, interpersonally, culturally and politically.
We all exist in systems --- personal relationalships, families, school or work cultures, local cultures and subcultures, organizations, institutions, and local, state and national systems. Family systems work takes a particular look at family dynamics, how they affect family members, and how families can change dysfunctional dynamics. Together we can explore the systems you have experienced to change the negative effects you have internalized, and create positive changes.
"Parts Work" involves accessing positive aspects of the self that were wounded at different times in our lives. Early wounding, in particular, necessitated those parts to go into hiding in the unconscious for survival. For protection, those parts may appear to us now as negative aspects, e.g., as the critic, the undeserving one, the shamed one, so we won't want to look at them. Through dialogue, we can find out how these part have served us, what they need, and how we can help them heal.
All western therapists are trained in psychodynamic therapy, looking at how early history affects our current life, including protective patterns, called defense mechanisms to cope with early woundings. To help find the root of these patterns and heal, we access the unconscious. I use dreams, symbols and metaphor to help you access the aspects of yourself that were wounded, find out what those parts need to heal, and use those insights to help you create changes in your life and in the world.
Before transpersonal therapy, most of western psychology was based on thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Transpersonal therapy also includes the creative and spiritual aspects of being human. Together we will work towards finding balance among all the aspects of who you are so that you can access your deeper wisdom and power to heal.
A person may choose to not attend to politics, but no one exists outside of societal and political contexts. The distribution of power affects you and everyone you know; institutional discrimination and racism affects us all, and for the vast of us, that is not a positive thing. Together, we can work to identify how this impacts your emotions and thoughts, and to create positive change in yourself, your relationships and our world.
We exist as physical, feeling, thinking, spiritual beings. Spirituality takes many forms: whatever brings us a sense of moving beyond ourselves, whether it be a spiritual or religious practice, nature, community or relationship, creativity, a cause, or an activity or work that ignites our inner fire, e.g., athletics, cooking, intellectual discovery, music. Together we can work to help you access the resources of your inner fire to improve your life and our world.
As women in our culture (and many others), we experience more sexual abuse, harassment and assault; discrimination in language, job opportunities and pay; and fewer political rights than men. This multigenerational issue can negatively affect our sense of safety, belief in ourselves and our skills, our ability to stand up for our rights, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Together, we can work to sort through the levels of pain and trauma, access our strengths, heal and create change.