Working with me is a collaborative, reliable, and egalitarian experience. Together, we'll develop practical solutions that are aligned with your Higher Self. I'll get your feedback on what's working, what's not, and why.
I offer a reflective and nonjudgmental atmosphere for you to talk about what's important to you. I'm also interactive in the therapy process, offering both understanding and empathy but also gentle challenge to patterns of thinking, relating, and behaving that are discordant with your values.
At Your Own Pace
Lack of choice and control is what characterizes trauma. In our work, you have the choice when you take off that mask you show the world. To let it out. Be real. Or, we can get curious about why that's scary -- with me or others. And if getting curious about that is also too scary, I'll encourage you to honor your needs.
I also bring my most authentic self into the room. This means I won't pretend to have the answers. I'll share what I'm thinking and the parts within me that you are evoking. We may laugh, and I may even shed a tear when deeply touched by your story or your transformation.
The dynamics that show up in the therapeutic relationship can offer clients important insights about themselves and their relationship patterns outside of therapy. The therapeutic relationship can also provide opportunities to experiment with new ways of being and showing up in the world. For example, instead of ghosting your friend, you may experiment in the therapy session with expressing a more genuine feeling (e.g., “I’m not interested”).
One of my roles is to help you become aware of your blind spots – thoughts, feelings, and strengths you might not know you have – while serving as a sounding board and source of perspective that can help you make sense of your life experiences.
Examining past experiences can also help you understand your patterns, release difficult emotions, and cultivate greater compassion for your current struggles. But sometimes, what the mind forgets, your body remembers, so I may use a variety of bodily-awareness techniques to access that deeper, more hidden material.
Since our broader socioeconomic environment influences much of who we are in the world, an important aspect of understanding your personal experiences is to consider the roles of culture and systems of oppression and privilege. My therapeutic stance is to honor and assist you in integrating the various social identities that might exist into an authentic, self-accepting Higher Self.
Integrate & Embody
Overall, my aim is help you integrate all parts of yourself into a wiser, loving, Higher Self – the truest you that is not a ‘part’, but has always been whole, connected, present, and free of insecure thought patterns. Who you were before cultural conditioning, societal norms, and wounding experiences took over.
We will spend time identifying and getting to know the parts that tend to hijack your Higher Self. Some common parts are the Inner-Critic, the Perfectionist, the Worrier, the Victim, the Depressive, and so forth.
People working with me find help with:
Not feeling "good enough"
Making difficult decisions
Managing stress & work-life balance
Reaching for unhealthy coping or support
Healing trauma or wounding childhood experiences
Identity exploration and better understanding their emotions (Who am I? Why do I feel this way? What's important to me? Where
do I belong?)
I intend for therapy to be an objective space, free of external pressure or excessive bias, that allows you to reflect on and discover your personal truth. For clients who are spiritually inclined, as am I, or simply just curious, I offer additional symbolic, psycho-spiritual frameworks such as Tarot, Astrology, and other Eastern philosophies to aid in the understanding of your life situations.