Therapy offers a collaboration between client and therapist as they discover new and preferred ways to be in the world. I believe that every person has the ability to move toward and achieve health and healing. My approach is to work in partnership with clients to identify their goals and meeting them through effective models of psychotherapy.
All human experiences create responses and memories within our bodies.
All human experiences create responses and memories within our bodies, cognitively (beliefs and narratives we hold), emotionally (feelings we have in response), and physically (how the body takes in experiences through all the senses). When these life experiences are distressing and/or traumatic, patterned responses can cause us become anxious, depressed, reactive, and/or stuck. We often experience a repetition of these patterns in our relationships, further re-enforcing distress. Psychotherapy has the potential to change and resolve traumatic events and destructive relational patterns. Integrating Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Narrative Approaches and Attachment Theory provide effective ways to resolve trauma, and other powerful events that have restricted our abilities to pursue goals and happiness.
I am EMDR certified and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. EMDR is an adaptive information processing therapeutic model that is effective for a broad range of psychological, emotional, and physiological issues. EMDR assists and facilitates the alleviation of symptoms and disturbances related to individuals’ pasts and current lives; moreover, EMDR promotes the development of healthy ways of being in the future.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps individuals to process the somatic responses to trauma and attachment wounds and assists them in assimilating these experiences both cognitively and emotionally. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps individuals to process the somatic responses to trauma and attachment wounds while assisting them in assimilating these experiences both cognitively and emotionally. Treating the body’s memories of trauma helps to heal emotional and cognitive wounds.
Narrative Therapy focuses on the stories individuals construct about their lives. Stories can instruct individuals how to act, think and behave in the world. Stories can be enabling and empowering or dominating and destructive. Narrative Therapy assists clients in re-authoring their life’s story from a limiting, destructive one to an empowering, strength-based one.
Attachment Focused Theory describes how individuals’ earliest relationships set the foundation for all future relationship patterns. When attachment to caregivers is less than secure, children develop strategies to cope and maintain connection. These coping strategies can become problematic as the child develops and moves into adulthood. Addressing attachment styles and healing attachment wounds allows individuals to create healthy relationships in their current lives.
I am also trained in brief-focused therapy, systems (family) therapy, advanced treatment in Hypnotherapy, multi-phased complex trauma treatment and dissociation, and couples treatment. All of which I integrate in my work with clients.