Going to see a psychotherapist can be life-changing. I am so excited to
take part in your decision to explore yourself. I am trained in relational and somatic approaches to therapy, which help clients to learn how to relate differently to themselves and others. These approaches support connecting with who you are in the present moment, no matter what’s happened in the past, safely. I help clients work through existential and relational challenges, with others, within themselves, and with events in their lives.
People come to therapy seeking support during times that are challenging or changing. Following the need to explore and to resolve past conflict within themselves, find solutions, and create meaningful relationships. I invite you to experience therapy, as a personal transformation that provides a richer presence and awareness of the here and now. Living in the moment offers the potential for more excitement and the courage to live your life more fully and directly. Together we can explore the parts of you that are hurt or are not listened to and help integrate them into your experience as a whole, self-sufficient human being.
My approach to individual psychotherapy:
Most people have grown up thinking if they could only improve themselves then they could function better in life. We will get a job, be happy, get married, and never have any issues again. Unfortunately, this way of thinking is not the reality that life offers most people, and many of us fail to activate this belief in its totality or feel yet again let down by its promise. That said, we are not educated on how to belong without giving up parts of ourselves, or feel the need to close ourselves down in some way. This creates blocks in us and stops us from deeply relating to who we are and how we feel.
As a therapist, I provide a safe, positive, non-judgmental environment. Validate and understand the client’s point of view and offer the ability to relate to their experience in the moment with me. I help clients reconcile inner conflicts, and gain a deeper sense of their feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. I also focus on awareness to gain a deeper sense of emotion and better access to communication.
A common theme surrounding therapy is the importance of emotions. Emotions are vital, as they act as a guide for us to relate to ourselves, each other, and our environment. Specifically, emotions offer information and help create our individual choices and decision-making. Therapy is a way of expanding and reorganizing our emotional responses, in which we can make more adaptive and helpful choices in the future. Becoming friends with our emotions is often a useful tool in feeling happier and more fulfilled in ourselves and how we relate.
Credentials and Training:
I have trained in mainly humanistic and trauma approaches to therapy, with a special interest in somatic embodiment. I am integrative in my approach and offer relational, and experiential techniques that support self-growth and promote change, connection, and authenticity. Specifically, I have experience training in gestalt therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), somatic experiencing, and person-centered experiential approach. I am also certified in EMDR therapy, (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing designed to assist clients in trauma reprocessing work and support. I work in dialogue and connect with you around issues and conflicts that you may be facing to explore your experience and emotions to find new ways of responding to them you may have not previously done.
Some commonly addressed life events in therapy are:
- Adjustment (for example, retirement, grief, injury, loss, change in professions)
- Internal conflicts: Trauma, self-attack, self-criticism, depression, anxiety
- Addressing conflicts from earlier in life
- Failure, self-sabotage, self-hatred, desire to change or be someone else, wanting to be or feel differently
- Career issues
- Emotional awareness and development
- Dealing with changes in getting older or contracting an illness
- Fears around Intimacy
- Problems with an intimate partner, parent, coworker
- Separation and divorce
- Wanting to connect and belong
- Trauma and PTSD
- Diagnostic “disorder” eg: depressive, anxious, OCD, BPD