I utilize an eclectic therapeutic style specializing in the following techniques:
I create a caring and safe environment for you to share whatever is on your mind and in your heart. Together we’ll explore your concerns in all their complexity. By exploring these issues, you become aware of how your past experiences have influenced who you are now and how you relate to others. Change occurs through self-awareness. The more you observe and discover, the more your awareness will grow, allowing for self-compassion and inner wisdom to emerge and be your ultimate guide.
I teach mindfulness techniques and use these tools to increase awareness and ease anxiety. Mindfulness is paying attention to our present moment experiences with openness and curiosity. Fear, anger and sadness can be healthy emotions, but we often label them as “negative” and go to great lengths to avoid them -- planning, strategizing or numbing with drinking, drugs, overeating, television, etc. Unfortunately, this can sabotage our connection to ourselves, our self-esteem, and eventually make us experience the emotions we were trying to avoid with even more intensity until they become destructive to others and ourselves. Mindfulness and the willingness to “be with what is” breaks this toxic thinking/avoiding cycle and instead places our awareness and refuge into the present moment. It is here where we can connect, tend, and truly take care of ourselves.
TRM (TRAUMA THERAPY)
Individuals who have experienced trauma and abuse might find that traditional talk therapy is unable to fully heal them and or re-traumatizing. Our bodies store many of our emotional traumas, which can cause debilitating symptoms such as endlessly re-experiencing the traumatic event, numbness, nightmares, anger, depression and anxiety. I am trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), which allows individuals to perceive their symptoms as biological rather than pathological. Clients learn how to take cues from their body, track their own nervous systems, and create a cognitive resource to cultivate feelings of well-being. These embodied skills empower clients to self-regulate their nervous system, reprocess traumatic events, and build a greater resiliency during stressful times.