My first goal in therapy is to listen to your needs and shape our work together to meet your unique and individual needs.
I have a variety of tools that can be applied to help support you in your current efforts to maintain balance or make changes.
Themes and Issues I frequently work with Include:
- Personal Growth
- Anxiety, and panic attacks
- Interpersonal Challenges
- Depression, Grief and Loss
- Chronic Illness
- Life and Career Transitions
- Stress Management
- Relationships (traditional & alternative)
- Trauma and PTSD
- Self Esteem & Body Image
- Highly Sensitive People (HSP’s)
- Gender Issues
- Current and Past Family Issue
- Attachment Issues
- Anger, Shame & Guilt
- Creating Health Boundaries
- Dating & Breakups
- Discovering your Purpose
- Spiritual Issues
- Complex PTSD
Somatic Therapy and Mindfulness
Soma is the Greek word for body. Somatic therapy uses the body as a tool for healing and release. Modern neuroscience is teaching us that we are an integrated whole.
The experiences we have are processed at the level of the nervous system, which is our body, and then whatever happens there has a direct effect on our thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviors. Most counseling and therapy approaches focus on talking. It is important to have someone listen without judgment to how you feel, to sort things out, to put words to feelings, and to gain insight and understanding. Through the practice of Mindfulness, or noticing what is currently happening without judgment, we can listen to and understand our body. Our bodies are engaged constantly in how we think, what we believe about ourselves and the world, how we feel, and how we act. Therefore to approach therapy holistically, the role of our bodies must be acknowledged.
I use somatic approaches such as EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to help reach the places that insight and understanding just can’t reach. Have you ever wanted to make a change and know what you need to do but just can’t seem to get there? Sometimes it’s difficult to figure things out by just thinking things through. Understanding, without judgment, the how and why of the ways that we respond mentally, emotionally and physically provides a foundation for change. Somatic based approaches can help when words and insights don’t go far enough to help produce desired changes.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma, is a body-oriented integration technique for releasing past trauma.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps you move through unprocessed trauma that has been holding you back and leading to fight/flight or freeze responses when stressed. This form of treatment considers the ways our bodies are processing information on the level of the nervous system and helps you build more resources and sense of safety inside yourself and in your day to day life.
EMDR – What does it do?
One of the central goals of EMDR is to help you leave the past in the past. Have you found your self in the same situation again and again, or repeating thought patterns and behaviors even though you know better? Often this is due to unresolved issues from the past. Trauma and difficult experiences can impact our emotions, thoughts, moods and behaviors for years. EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that uses bilateral stimulation of the brain to help release old patterns.
EMDR – What does it treat?
EMDR can effectively be used to treat PTSD, trauma, abuse, panic attacks, anxiety, phobias, complicated grief, disturbing memories, body image issues to name a few. I find that EMDR can help reduce emotional distress related to a variety of issues.
After EMDR clients report that the emotional distress related to the memories, events or emotional triggers has been eliminated, or greatly decreased, and that they have gained important insights.