I believe in the extraordinary experience of personal growth.
Take a few moments to read below and find out more about me and how I can help you.
I'm passionate about helping people change their lives.
If that's what you're seeking, you're in the right place.
Growth comes through many forms and is coupled with change. Whether change is expected or unexpected, professional or personal, growth and adjustment takes time and consistent support.
My ultimate hope in the work I do is to help others recognize their significance in the world, work towards self-acceptance, and help guide them toward living in a more peaceful way.
My therapy style is interactive, gentle and assertive. Through the eclectic use of Expressive Arts, Humanistic Psychology, Behavioral & Cognitive modalities, and Intersectional Feminism, I offer clients a non-judgmental space to help navigate experience, change, and relationships. By definition, a Marriage and Family Therapist helps clients improve their ability to navigate relationships. Together, we develop a relationship very different from most others outside of the therapy office.
While my title is 'Marriage and Family Therapist', I actually work with individuals and couples when I am not leading groups. I do regular sessions, usually weekly, with children, teens and adults of all ages.
I am open to those with alternative lifestyles and non-traditional relationship configurations. I am an open-minded person. I have extensive experience with children and families with children with disabilities and behavioral concerns - such as those related to Autism and ASD.
I'm interested in providing support and guidance through our relationship to discover your stories about yourself and create circumstances in which your own radiance can thrive.
After you call or email me, I will contact you for a confidential and non-judgmental consultation. Basically, I listen to what’s going on with you, answer your questions, and offer some ideas and options on what you might do next. This is typically a 5-20 min. phone conversation. I can offer you counseling services with me and/or referrals for treatment or support elsewhere. Consultations are available to anyone and are complimentary.
We work collaboratively to build new meaning and understanding around your experience. To do this, we may use conversation and the expressive arts, body-centered mindfulness, and dreams. I use both practical interventions and deeper exploration to help you feel better and develop a stronger sense of self. My invitation to you in therapy is to begin the work of more fully knowing yourself within the safety of a confidential environment.
In my practice I integrate specific tools and theoretical perspectives including Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Gestalt, and Somatic work into a Relational framework. Our therapy is a creative process and together we will identify what approaches work best for you. I welcome you to be vocal about your own preferences and goals for therapy, so that our work together can be rewarding and productive. I also use my intuition and intuitive living to to guide my invitations specifically for each client I see.
I use openness, creativity, authenticity, and compassion to counter shame and guilt.
These things allow us to consider together for you:
1) What wants to be understood? 2) What wants to be released? 3) What wants to emerge?
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Here are some descriptions of the approaches I use (as mentioned above):
SOMATIC techniques are highly effective for those who have difficulty connecting with, regulating, or tolerating emotion. We develop both your ability to read your own body for cues, and resources to calm and comfort yourself in times of distress. Somatic work can be extremely powerful for treating trauma, anxiety, and feelings of disconnection.
INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS helps to unravel the inner conflict that comes up when we’re not sure what we want, when our behavior doesn’t match our values or decisions, or when we’re feeling self-critical or self-hating. IFS recognizes the natural divisions that happen within everyone, like “part of me wants to do it, but another part of me is scared…”, and provides a powerful and effective method to resolve that inner conflict. I am continually amazed at the depth of healing and relief that this approach brings for many of my clients.
EXPRESSIVE ART engages ourselves in a non-linear fashion that can help to get out of our routines and patterns. EXA is my main method of training and my preferred modality. EXA involves using any if not many art modalities to access deep parts of ourselves and give them voice and externalization. This allows us to examine and explore these angles of self. Often, this leads to incredible realizations, an increased capacity for self-empathy, new inquiries, and a greater sense of understanding.
GESTALT approaches focus on the here and now, accepting that most of our problems are manageable if we stay in contact with the present moment and what we are experiencing through our bodies, minds, and senses. Gestalt uses a variety of techniques to increase your sense of self-efficacy and ability to choose freely what you want in life.
MINDFULNESS therapy borrows from ancient mediation and modern neuroscience to create new pathways of thought and attention. Mindfulness work helps us to find an 'exit' from the repetitive worries and patterns of suffering that we get caught in by creating a more spacious, clear awareness, and resting in the truth of the moment.
RELATIONAL approaches to therapy basically acknowledge that we are two people and that our work together is deeply affected by the relationship we develop. In this work our relationship is an explicit part of the therapy, and your feelings, curiosities, and confusions can be sorted out in the moment. Relational work can be an important part of healing from attachment issues and from a variety of relationship and social struggles, such as social anxiety.