Approach

Everyone’s journey is unique. My first step in working with you will be to understand who you are and what you want to get out of therapy. In the context of a safe, trusting relationship I will work with you to deeply explore your concerns, understand your emotional and behavioral patterns, and identify internal and external resources that can support your path toward growth. Informed by gestalt, psychodynamic, attachment, narrative theories, and the importance of the mind-body connection, I believe that we are most capable of accessing our capacity for change when we are able to increase our awareness of our true self.

Talking in therapy is obviously important, but it is not always enough. Sometimes just talking about a troubling issue can lead to feelings of frustration or hopelessness; we may become convinced that things will never change. I believe that by carefully attuning our attention to our present experiences of our thoughts, emotions and body sensations, we are able to increase our understanding of what is occurring and, by doing so, expand our options of what is possible.

Being human means being vulnerable. It is the rare person who has not suffered from the pain of imperfect love, loss, tragedy, injury, illness or shame and self-blame. Every experience, both positive and negative, we have ever had is imprinted on our nervous system. Both our body and mind remember, and the feelings associated with certain experiences can be triggered again and again, leading to feelings of anxiety, hyper-vigilance and/or depression. Sometimes these wounds are obvious; sometimes they stay hidden but work in a shadowy way to influence our behavior and our relationships. Though we embody painful experiences, we also embody the power to heal. Utilizing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and the TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model), two treatment methods that incorporate a mind-body approach to address the biological basis for emotional disturbance, I will work with you to identify the source of disturbance, desensitize the triggers and increase resiliency through your inherent resources.

EMDR is a psychotherapeutic approach that has been rigorously researched. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated with adults and children in treating a wide-range of conditions from post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, phobias, grief, the effects of sexual and physical abuse, developmental trauma as well as trauma related to events such as accidents, violence and natural disasters. EMDR activates the brain’s natural ability to reprocess upsetting material that has been encoded into memory in an unresolved state. EMDR helps to reduce the sensitivity to this material, create an adaptive response that can lead to a healthier, more integrated resolution and improved functioning. If you would like to learn more about EMDR, please visit emdria.org.

The Trauma Resiliency Model also works with the body’s neurological responses and capabilities. With TRM, skills are learned to heighten physiological awareness, tap into internal resources and increase emotional regulation and resiliency. These skills can be used to improve responses to the stresses of daily life or to address the effects of major trauma. If you would like to learn more, please visit traumaresourceinstitute.org.

Another way to increase awareness and healing is through the use of Art Therapy. Creativity is an essential human process. We use it every day to solve problems, adapt, express ourselves and make things. When creativity is accessed in therapy through an art making process both the brain and the spirit are engaged. Instead of thinking and talking about something in the same way, new channels are opened up and fresh insights and meaning can emerge. Because creativity is something we all possess, it is not necessary to have any experience with art making in order to use art therapy. Please visit the Art Therapy section for more information.

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