Therapy is a shared journey where you lead the way and I provide anchoring/grounding, integration of what has been learned, and potential frameworks for understanding new information. This journey may involve exploration into the past, identification of repeated patterns, and reflection on beliefs or behaviors that once served to promote survival and growth, but now are no longer useful. I believe that there is good in all people and that we have experiences in our lives that may interfere with our ability to see it within ourselves, in others, or in the world at large.
I approach therapy primarily from a relational and trauma informed perspective; I believe that it is essential to establish a solid working relationship and I understand dysfunction as a previously useful adaptation to the challenges presented throughout your life. All behaviors serve a purpose, and in a non-judgmental environment we will explore those behaviors that you feel are not longer serving you and work to strengthen the ones that do.
I view people holistically, considering the interaction of one’s physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual parts. I have spent the last few years increasing my knowledge of the body and energy work, in an effort to understand the language of the body in communicating the emotions and memories it holds, that have yet to rise to conscious awareness. Following are the trainings I have pursued in this effort:
- Holographic Memory Resolution - Level II
- Level II Reiki Attuned
- Munay Ki
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Level I
- Thai Massage - in process
As I value the creative process, I may suggest using art as an alternative means to assist you in developing insight, processing feelings that are difficult to verbalize, increasing self-esteem, and finding ways to manage difficult emotions. When art making is integrated into the therapeutic process, the goal is not to create “fine art.” Rather, the process of creating art, reflecting on it, and reviewing the process by which it was made can be particularly healing. This is not an integral part to my work, but a resource that we may access if it is comfortable to you.
In couples work, we will look at how the vulnerabilities, patterns and strengths of each partner impact the other and how the relationship functions as a result. The collaborative component is essential as we work towards finding new balance and new patterns.
I am a sex positive therapist, comfortable working with individuals involved in the non-monogamous, kink and sex work communities. I have an LGBTQIAA affirmative approach and I value supporting individuals connect with their authentic self.