As a bodymind therapist, I support individuals and couples in releasing trauma, creating secure attachment, and fostering personal growth.
Counselor in Royal Oak, MI
Supervised by Terri Wagner, MA, LPC, NBCC, Chap
I integrate somatic trauma approaches into my work with clients and specialize in working with clients that come from a background of relational, early childhood trauma. Somatic approaches to trauma healing focus on nervous system regulation, creating internal embodied safety, releasing embodied trauma memories, processing trauma memories, and integrating trauma in ways that foster empowerment and meaning.
Experiential Attachment Psychotherapy is a modality I practice from that works within present-moment mindfulness, within the therapeutic relationship, to support healing attachment wounding and trauma.
Hakomi is a modality that greatly informs my work and how we will explore your healing journey together. Hakomi utilizes mindfulness as the route into the memories and beliefs storied in your body, helping us study together how you both consciously and unconsciously orient around your present moment and past life experience, giving us the opportunity to, together, collaboratively experiment to create new experiences in those core memories.
I offer Experiential Attachment Psychotherapy which is a dynamic, present-moment mindfulness process that supports you in understanding the way you orient toward yourself, others, and the world and offers us the opportunity to heal developmental or transitional attachment wounds and trauma in present-moment processing in our relationship. The goals of this process is you feeling a sense of I AM, I WANT, and I CAN rooted securely within yourself and a solid and strong sense internal goodness.
I believe that every one of us has “missing experiences”—moments in our lifetimes or self development where we needed something that was unavailable: nourishment, love, belonging, comfort, safety, freedom, etc. I have found that often depression is a symptom of these missing experiences and the body's adaptations to surviving without such core needs being met. I work within mindfulness to support clients in befriending themselves, releasing shame, and moving from stuck emotional states.
I blend in trauma-informed care into every session and phase of our work. Somatic trauma-informed values I hold for each session are: safety, the pacing of your body, establishing clear internal and external resources, honoring embodied resistance, building embodied tolerance for emotional experiences, and supporting nervous system self care rituals. I frequently work with individuals who have histories of childhood sexual, physical, and verbal abuse.