My approach to therapeutic work is based in a deeply held understanding that mental and emotional health is our core nature, but that often trauma, habits and neurological challenges make this inherent wellness difficult for us to access.
In my work with clients, together we develop mindfulness practices and awareness of mental and life habits. We also learn to observe how trauma lives in the body. This combination leads to an increased capacity to be present to yourself, as you are, and to see and understand your patterns.
Developing non-judgmental awareness of the self is the key to healthy change. This understanding leads to the opportunity to make clear choices based in what is best for you. It also leads to compassion for your life and your experiences, compassion for others, and an understanding of which aspects of your life support your well-being and happiness.
My work is informed by Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, a carefully developed program that is effective in helping individuals address tendencies toward anxiety and obsessive thinking as well as avoid depression relapse, and in Somatic Experiencing, which uses awareness of how trauma is stored in the body to bring real and permanent healing from old wounds.
If you want to learn a little about how I came to this work, you can read the private sessions page, which gives a little more background.
I feel honored and priviledged to do the work I do. I am beyond lucky to have found this healing path and I’d love to share it with you.
Peace to you!
p.s. Here’s a poem that expresses some of what I believe to be true about healing. Enjoy!
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers,
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing
to put a hand on
the brow of the flower
and retell it in words
and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing.
~ Galway Kinnell from St. Francis and the Sow