My approach to counseling is rooted in the therapeutic relationship--the connection between counselor and client, two human beings on this path of life. In session, this intention translates as being able to purposefully sit with and support clients in their present moment experience, non-judgmentally, wherever that may be: in sadness or in joy, in fear or in anger, in clarity or in confusion, in self-worth or in self-loathing. By processing through different thoughts, feelings, or body sensations that may arise, together we discover what a personal plan for healing may look like for you, both during and after session.
A goal of mine in all counseling sessions is to help support individuals to become personally empowered agents of change in their own life, by letting go or adapting patterns of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that are no longer serving them, in order to live their own personally defined happy and healthy lives. To do so, often times it becomes important to acknowledge and process through the various traumas that may have befallen one's life thus far, being mindful of the challenges that may be present due to different life circumstances and experiences.
One lens that I utilize in all of my therapeutic approaches is mindfulness. Mindfulness, or non-judgmental present moment awareness, can be a helpful skill to develop in order to discover where thoughts, feelings, and behaviors may become disruptive to life's encounters with self and other. Different mindfulness-based interventions that I offer during sessions include, but are not limited to: breath awareness, pausing, tracking of thoughts, feelings, or body sensations, brief meditations, and self-compassion.
Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a body-based form of psychotherapy, a psychobiological method for addressing physical and emotional trauma, PTSD, overwhelm, and stress-related conditions. During SE sessions, we will explore the various places in which you may be "stuck" in either fight, flight, or freeze responses in order to help facilitate self-regulation and healthy functioning.
The body is a powerful tool for healing, when we take the time to listen to the wisdom that arises from within. During these sessions, I will guide you through gentle poses and different meditations specific for you, supporting you through any thoughts, feelings, and/or sensations that may arise throughout the process.
Similar to Therapeutic Yoga described above, these sessions are specifically designed for you. During these sessions, I will guide and support you through gentle poses and meditations most appropriate for you in the moment, while providing support through any thoughts, feelings, and/or sensations that may arise throughout the process. You are not alone in the journey of healing traumas.
The Daring Way
The Daring Way™ is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. This method can be facilitated with individuals, couples, groups, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. Topics include vulnerability, courage, shame, shame resilience, wholeheartedness, authenticity, and worthiness. Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ groups available as 3-day intensives or 8-week programs.