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Counseling & Somatic Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples


Why?

Because you are precious. One of a kind. Because you are wiser and brighter than you know. Because you deserve support. And because sometimes we just can’t do these things alone.

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Counseling & Somatic Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples


Why?

Because you are precious. One of a kind. Because you are wiser and brighter than you know. Because you deserve support. And because sometimes we just can’t do these things alone.

...as we begin to recognize our deepest feelings, we begin to give up, of necessity, being satisfied with suffering, and self-negation, and with the numbness which so often seems like the only alternative in our society.
— Audre Lorde, 1978

Sometimes life really is a struggle. You may feel overwhelmed or deeply uninspired. It can be very lonely and difficult to talk about, especially if you’re not sure where it’s all coming from. I get it, and it's a hard place to be.

I provide support, encouragement and a space of non-judgmental curiosity and mindfulness. My goal is to help you reconnect with your authentic self and source of creativity. I want you feel more grounded, secure, and empowered, no matter what challenges life is throwing your way. 

I work with Couples as well as Individuals and
specialize in the following areas:

  • Relationship Problems

  • Relational/Complex Trauma

  • Life Transitions

  • Grieving and Loss

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Self Esteem

  • Creativity

  • Premarital Counseling

Read on for more information or contact me for a free consultation to see if we might be a good fit.

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Counseling


Connection, Personal Growth, Trauma, Career and Life Decisions, Stress, Anxiety, Depression

Counseling


Connection, Personal Growth, Trauma, Career and Life Decisions, Stress, Anxiety, Depression

Counseling

My approach blends depth work exploring unconscious material with somatic practices that are more experiential and "here-and-now". My goal is always to help you develop that unique sense of self-knowing and creativity that will allow you to be in the world with purpose, joy, and freedom. I'm a real person in the room with you, not a distant observer, and I absolutely believe you are the expert on your experience. My job is to help you access that experience on a deeper and more meaningful level. 

I place a strong emphasis on connection, especially how you are in relationship to yourself. It feels to me that once we are in good relationship with ourselves, then our relationships to other humans, our earth, the universe, and spirit “out there” tend to get a bit easier. I also work more concretely with communication patterns and habits in folks that specifically find themselves struggling in relationship. Oftentimes these are issues of attachment wounding or nonverbal communications patterns that sometimes are just crossed wires with our significant others that we can untangle - especially once we begin to connect on limbic and empathic levels.

In working with both individuals and couples, we will look at attachment, family history, relational trauma, and patterns of communication and behavior. I am a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator for working with Premarital Couples or those looking to strengthen their relationship.

My approach blends psychodynamic theory with the practices of Hakomi, Psycho-Physical Therapy, and Re-Creation of the Self. My studies in Somatic Psychology included in-depth study of attachment theory, neurobiology, and the physiological aspects of trauma and traumatic responses.  Learn more about me here.

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Somatic Psychotherapy


"In discovering ourselves in movement and in turn expanding our kinetic repertoire of “I cans,” we embark on a lifelong journey of sense-making"
-Maxine Sheets- Johnstone, 1999.

Somatic Psychotherapy


"In discovering ourselves in movement and in turn expanding our kinetic repertoire of “I cans,” we embark on a lifelong journey of sense-making"
-Maxine Sheets- Johnstone, 1999.

What is Somatic Psychotherapy?

Somatic Psychotherapy (also known as body-oriented psychotherapy) is a holistic approach to therapy that addresses the mind-body connection directly. It tends to be more experiential than traditional talk therapy and often begins by deepening our awareness of somatic sensations and how they relate to the physical, emotional, and mental "story". We may incorporate movement, gesture, or work with touch in order to help deepen that awareness. Approaching the here and now experience with this level of mindfulness teaches us to be with and often influence our own autonomic nervous system responses such as fear, anxiety, numbness, or dissociation.

While I incorporate a somatic orientation in all my work, counseling may or may not include more direct body-based interventions, and any such interventions will only occur with your consent and interest.

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Coaching


“It is in playing and only in playing that the child or adult is able to be creative and use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”
-Davis, M. & Wallbridge, D., 2012, p65; quoting Winnicott, 1968

Coaching


“It is in playing and only in playing that the child or adult is able to be creative and use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”
-Davis, M. & Wallbridge, D., 2012, p65; quoting Winnicott, 1968

Coaching and Consultation

I offer supportive coaching and consultation for those looking to make changes in their lives but aren't really looking for regular psychotherapy. Clients that have used this service have included: Students of Hakomi looking to deepen their study; Folks who need to be seen through an online platform (I use VSee) due to travel, medical condition, or remote location; And others who are looking for a therapeutic experience that, for whatever reason, doesn't fit neatly into the 50 minute in-office therapy arrangement. 

Some factors that might help you choose between coaching and psychotherapy:

  • While I still protect your privacy and hold confidentiality to the best of my ability, in the event of a legal matter I may be required to disclose information that might otherwise be protected in a counseling or psychotherapy arrangement.

  • Coaching does not include diagnosis nor does it seek to “cure”. It tends to work best in those times when you feel more mentally and emotionally “fit” but are still wanting some support in making some life changes.

  • It is not suitable for working with trauma or attachment issues, nor is it suitable if you are in crisis or deep transition - I recommend psychotherapy for that work, and am happy to discuss options and/or referrals for you in that regard.

  • If we work through an online platform or otherwise outside of the office, there may be technology issues to address and limits to privacy due to location.

  • Also, since the majority of communication is nonverbal, there is some increased chance of misunderstandings in working remotely. Some people feel safer and more at ease in these non-office environments, and some will feel less so.

My approach to coaching is informed by my trainings in Hakomi and Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS). Both methods seek to empower the client in self awareness and the ability to do self work as an ongoing practice.