As a therapist, my style is warm, authentic, collaborative, and holistic. Drawing from a number of therapeutic approaches, my style:
- Is Relational: Researchers tell us that one of the most healing aspects of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. In our sessions, we will be actively tending to the relationship that is developing between you and I- reflecting on what is happening in the here and now. I will encourage you to share any thoughts and feelings you are having about our relationship in session, as this can be one of the most powerful paths to creating change outside of the therapy room.
- Considers Environment and Context : Much of our identity, and how we come to understand ourselves and our experience in the world, is formed by the social systems and environmental conditions we live in. In our sessions, we will explore the many layers of experience which have contributed to who you are, and explore how these experiences impact your ideas and feelings about yourself and others.
- Utilizes Mindfulness : I will encourage you to reflect on and share how you are feeling in the moment. This may include thoughts, feelings, images, or body sensations you are having as you share a story with me. Through this process, you will develop greater awareness, and learn to connect with yourself and your experience in a deeper way. Often simply noticing how we are really feeling in any given moment can set in motion the change we are seeking.
- Incorporates Body Awareness : Using a variety of tools, we may look to body sensations to inform our exploration. This is often accompanied by parts work, where we get to know the many different parts of you involved by learning to give each part a voice. By learning how to listen to these physiological messages, you can loosen the places that feel tangled and knotted up, and come to more fully inhabit your body and your life.
- Engages the Spiritual : Regardless of your spiritual orientation, I believe it is important to honor and understand your underlying beliefs around interconnectedness and how those beliefs inform your approach to life and relationship. If you are interested, we can include ritual or ceremony in our sessions with the intention of supporting self-care and the cultivation of your greater vision. Ritual can also be used to mark beginnings, endings, and important transitions.
I believe there are many resources available to us which can support us in our healing process, including music, movement, nature, art, and writing, just to name a few. At any point in our process, we may decide to explore your experience using one or many of these tools.