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My aim is to help you truly know your mind, heart and body. To meet you exactly where you are and to collaborate in finding ways that are most helpful for you. I help people make sense of their symptoms from a trauma-informed/societal-informed lens, while utilizing a mind-body approach. In doing so, I work in an integrative and holistic way and will use different approaches in my work.
I’m most inspired by somatic therapies, existential psychology, and attachment theory. Those I draw upon most in my work are Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Irvin Yalom, Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Harriet Lerner, Sue Johnson, Leslie Korn, Gabor Maté, Dan Siegel, Esther Perel, Diane Poole Heller, Carl Rogers, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Gloria Steinem and many other feminist writers.
I emphasize self-compassion and self-acceptance practices, as societies have conditioned many of us to feel badly about ourselves. Being at war with ourselves is one of the most debilitating things and yet we all too often fall prey to our own judgments and inner critic. When we are able to treat ourselves with compassion, we can move through difficult times with more serenity.
Building compassion and curiosity can also provide an opportunity to become more aware and thus freer to consciously choose our way instead of relying on automatic, conditioned patterns or getting caught up in judgments about ourselves. The Western world has often neglected the connection between mind and body.
Many of us live from our neck up (meaning we're in our heads a lot!) and we often do not consider the great amount of insight and wisdom the body has. We tend to give the mind, our intellect and our thoughts a lot of power and we're usually unaware of how our thoughts and feelings register in our bodies.
I will help you to reconnect with your instincts and give space to explore not only your mind, but what your heart, gut and whole body are trying to communicate. I often incorporate mindfulness and meditation practices in sessions, as these have been proven to help individuals gain more awareness and connection with the body and mind.
I also greatly enjoy helping individuals reconnect to their spiritual self through being in nature and caring for the Earth, developing community, and getting in touch with one's ancestral roots and heritage. I believe that when one goes on the journey of discovery, that we must also find and allow lightness, creativity and laughter to enter the realm of healing. I enjoy including all of this and whatever else my clients find most useful in our work together.
Above all, the quality of the client-therapist relationship is most important for the therapy process. A willingness to collaborate and be authentic with each other will maximize outcomes. Therapy works best when you feel at ease, able to trust and fully disclose to your therapist. My job is to provide a compassionate, loving, safe and non-judgmental space for you to discuss any thoughts, feelings or concerns you may have. I do not ever take lightly the courage it takes for another to sit in front of someone they don’t know and bare their soul.
I have immense respect and gratitude for my clients - allowing me inside their inner worlds and trusting me to hold their stories. I encourage those seeking a therapist to “shop” around for a person that they feel most comfortable and secure with. With that in mind, I’m more than willing to answer any questions or concerns via email or telephone before we decide to schedule a session.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde
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