At the heart of my approach to therapy is a deep belief in the essential wholeness of my clients, despite their often-overwhelming feelings of brokenness. I bring my authentic self and tuned-in presence into the room each day and use curiosity and intuition, paired with my more formal clinical skills to select approaches and tools to help my clients find what they need to feel better and pursue the lives they yearn for.
My sessions do involve tears and mourning, but they also erupt with laughter and creativity. Though bearing witness and whole-heartedly hearing my clients' stories is a central part of my work, my style is not that of a silent observer; my clients are accustomed to my active participation in the process. Sometimes the work takes only a few sessions, sometimes the process spans months or years, but my hope and intention is that each session is valuable in and of itself and that my clients leave my office feeling progress each time.
I work with adults, age 18 and up, of all genders and backgrounds. I work with survivors of trauma of various sorts, including sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, war experiences, motor vehicle accidents, and medical trauma. I've practiced in medical settings, both hospitals and outpatient clinics, working with clients on chronic pain, cancer, and wellness, and I bring that experience into my practice today. I have experience working with issues related to reproductive health, including pregnancy, abortion, and postpartum concerns. My clients and I frequently address their struggles with parenting, financial stress, relationships, and work. Aging, loss, and grief are also areas my clients and I explore.
My approach is eclectic. I use a variety of approaches, since I don't believe that one size fits all. I weave elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and mindfulness approaches into my daily work with clients. I frequently use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in my work. This method, which I have been using for over a decade, helps me to help my client get "unstuck" and move through traumatic memories and responses in ways they haven't found possible with other approaches. EMDR is an affirming and sometimes surprising approach that uses my clients' strengths and inner wisdom to help them heal and grow. My training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy has helped me deepen my practice and bring somatic awareness into the work, which has proved critical to comprehensive healing of many of my clients.
I find that my practice is continually evolving. The world around me, the trainings I attend, the books I read, all inform my practice and keep it dynamic. But most importantly, my work with clients helps me learn and grow, keeps me engaged and curious. I am filled with wonder and gratitude at the resiliency and creativity that I see in my office each day.