Mindfulness helps us experience the fact that we are not our thoughts. It can also give direct experiences of compassion toward ourselves and soften the barriers we feel between ourselves and others. I have a personal meditation practice that I share with clients who are interested, but I also explore other ways to be present and accepting of even difficult thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness is not a cure-all, but it can help make us available to experience our deep, basic goodness.
Mindfulness helps us to experience that we are not our thoughts. It helps us feel compassion toward ourselves and others. I have a personal meditation practice that helps me be in the present moment, in my body, and deeply attuned to clients in the moment. Sometimes I bring this directly into my counseling sessions, and sometimes it just influences the way I am with clients in more subtle ways.
Often lasting and meaningful change comes with understanding how current and past relationships create our sense of self. Sometimes understanding is not enough, though, and we also need to metabolize past hurts and wounds. In therapy sessions, I closely attune myself to what you are thinking and feeling in the moment and look for subtle themes and gently bring them to our awareness so we can explore them together.
I have worked with clients who experience feelings of depression, meaninglessness, and generally feeling stuck in life, work, and relationships.
I have worked with those who experience panic attacks, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety.
I have worked extensively with gay men, lesbians, trans, and nonbinary people around issues around sexual and gender identity.