What makes my therapeutic approach special?
I believe that we all struggle, and at times that may mean we hurt others or ourselves. Despite these missteps, I don't believe in the idea that we have something about us to be fixed. We all adapt and develop behavioral strategies to meet intrinsic needs. Sometimes those strategies are brilliant, and other times they sputter and fail.
I work to help you come to know and trust yourself.
We will develop tactics to increase your awareness of choice in each moment, to orient you towards the understanding of your own needs, and to provide a more skillful way to meet them.
Influences and Tools
I incorporate my training in attachment focused EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, , Psychodynamic Theory, Hakomi, and Buddhist psychology into my work with clients. What does all of that mean? It means I incorporate a whole experience of you in our work together. I invite all parts of you to show up - the excited and interested parts and the reluctant, shy, and angry parts. I welcome us to learn from your thoughts, your feelings, and your body. I encourage us to engage in mindful awareness as we listen and notice what shows up in our time together. It is in this mindful awareness that patterns can be noticed and experiments can be engaged in for change.
I also believe that our needs matter but often we are taught to turn our attention to the needs of others. We believe we are selfish for having needs and sharing them with others. I actually deeply trust that it is in the knowing and expressing of our needs that we connect with others and give others freedom to know that their needs also matter.
I incorporate EMDR into my work with clients to help address stuck places in processing, work through traumas, help with anxiety relief and other symptoms. EMDR is a great additional resource in working with processing trauma and is woven into the other modalities I use. To learn more check out EMDRIA's site here
Another tool that I often utilize in my therapy sessions is the idea of mindfulness practice. Should you be open to this technique, we can work to begin to study and notice your internal experience at a higher level, including your thoughts, emotions, and memories. The act of noticing, and paying attention at this level, is often a relief in and of itself as the anxiety and judgement around these internal dialogues begins to melt away.