I work with adults and adolescents struggling with issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, and divorce.
Every individual holds their resiliency and infinite potential deep within themselves. I trust an integral part of the healing process is to re-connect you to the truest part of yourself---a part of yourself that is always there, but for many reasons, sometimes ignored. When we lose connection to ourselves, we may face issues such as anxiety, irritability, depression, and negative behavior patterns.
I will ensure to provide a caring, safe environment as I assist you in exploring your concerns, difficulties and relationships in their complexity; for these are the vital parts of you that need attention and are, simultaneously, your pathway to growth, empowerment, and well-being. By exploring these issues, you can become aware of how your past experiences have influenced who you are now and how you relate to others. The more we observe and discover, the more your unconscious behaviors and thoughts become conscious, allowing self- compassion and inner wisdom to emerge and be your ultimate guide.
Viewing psychotherapy with a holistic mind and body approach, I utilize an eclectic therapeutic style, integrating my training and experience in several different techniques to match the needs and goals of my clients. I work from a relational framework strongly influenced by psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, somatic and mindfulness based practices.
SOMATIC BASED PRACTICES
If an individual has experienced trauma, traditional talk therapy may not be helpful enough to heal. Our bodies store many of our emotional traumas, which can cause debilitating symptoms such as re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoidance, nightmares, increased anxiety and emotional arousal. Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), helps clients who have experienced trauma to view 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 more feelings of well-being. These embodied skills helps client’s self-regulate their nervous system, reprocess traumatic events, and builds a greater resiliency during distressful times.
MINDFULNESS INSPIRED PRACTICES
Experiencing feelings of sadness and fear is natural and normal. However, if you have been seriously depressed in the past, when you start to feel low, you are more likely to feel bad about yourself. This is because when we are depressed, the mind is taken over by negative thought patterns. Mindfulness focuses on becoming aware of all incoming thoughts and feelings and accepting them, but not attaching or reacting to them. The goal is to become aware when you are attaching negative thinking to certain moods, and change them by tuning in to the present moment, without judgment.
Mindfulness psychotherapy practices such as mindfulness based cognitive therapy, has been studied and proven for many people to be of great benefit, easing anxiety and depression.