We all need help sometimes
Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, PTSD, harsh self-criticism, crippling perfectionism, unrelenting shame, or turning to substances to cope, your brave enquiry for help will be met with compassionate attention. You may feel like you are barely holding your life together, or you may look good on paper, but inside are struggling and wanting things to change but are not sure where to start.
I know psychotherapy is a deeply personal process and I bring an authentic, safe, patient, and thoughtful presence as you speak your truth, grieve the messy parts, make sense of how your past impacts your growth and relationships in the present, and create the best possible life for yourself.
Whether you are seeking help as an individual or as part of a couple, I offer support with the following concerns.
- complex PTSD (stemming from abuse, and/or neglect)
- grief and loss (especially losses that lack closure or are not socially acknowledged)
- anxiety and depression (having a significant impact on participating in and enjoying life)
- relationship issues (trust, communication, disconnection, intimacy)
- life transitions (career, aging, identity)
- adverse religious experiences (rejection, exclusion, shame issues)
Listening to the mind and the body
I draw from multiple mind-body therapies based on client need and preference, including:
- Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory and Deb Dana’s experiential therapy model for PTSD and traumatized nervous system regulation
- Richard Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, focusing on our internal “parts” of the psyche and how they relate to each other within a traumatized context
- Janina Fisher’s neuroscience informed approach on trauma, PTSD, dissociation, and attachment that helps clients create connection and compassion to the parts of the self that are disowned
- Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing and Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, foundational body-based therapies focused on resolving "stuck" fight, flight, and freeze trauma responses
- Diana Fosha’s Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), focusing on the power of emotion and being seen (moment-by-moment) in a therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for relational change and transformation
- Self-Compassion and Mindfulness (Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach) with a sensitivity toward trauma, reducing shame, and challenging the "inner critic"
- The couples work of Terry Real (Relational Life Therapy) and Esther Perel