I offer personalized individual therapy that responds to the unique needs of each client. I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief.
Individual therapy is tailored to each person, but is always holistic and experiential. Many clients have found me after they realized that traditional talk therapy was not helping them as much as they hoped. In my individual therapy sessions, I act as a guide, watching for places to go deeper into the sub-conscious and shadow.
Somatic Experiencing is a trauma modality developed by Peter Levine. It works with the nervous system to release trauma from the body. Traumatic experiences have a direct effect on the nervous system. They can cause prolonged fight or flight systems, such as racing thoughts, digestive issues, and insomnia. Trauma can also create a tendency to freeze or shut-down. This can look like chronic fatigue, low motivation, and depression. SE helps clients learn to regulate their nervous systems and release trauma through the body.
EMDR is a trauma therapy modality that works with the mind and body to release stored emotions and shift internalized negative beliefs. EMDR is one of the leading modalities in trauma treatment. EMDR involves processing traumatic memories while using Bi-Lateral Stimulation to stimulate the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Through EMDR, traumatic memories remain, but the intense emotional charge associated with them is released and new narratives about resilience replace old negative beliefs.
Anxiety and Depression often come together, although they can also be separate. One way to understand anxiety is that anxiety is what happens when other emotions get stuck, like a kinked hose that gets backed up and starts to vibrate with pressure. Depression is similar, but is the bodies way of shutting down in order to suppress feelings that feel "too much." Through tools such as parts work, mindfulness, and somatic therapy, clients learn how to understand the roots of their anxiety in stuck beliefs, emotions, and memories. They also develop tools for self-regulation and from separating from the negative beliefs and "stories" about themselves that keep them stuck.
I draw on Emotionally Focused Therapy for my approach to couples work. This approach is based in attachment theory and helps clients get out of the "details" of their fights and to the core attachment hurt and needs underneath.
Often when couples are hurt, they launch into a protective response such as defending themselves, blaming the other person, pushing the other person away, or shutting down. In my couples work, I teach clients how to recognize their patterns of defense and blame, and learn how to access the hurt and vulnerability underneath. This ultimately leads to deeper intimacy and connection.
Especially during the pandemic, telehealth has become an essential tool for therapy. It also offers more flexibility and can support clients with busy schedules. EMDR is also accessible over telehealth through a shared EMDR app that uses audio bi-lateral stimulation.