Seeking psychotherapy can be an exciting yet intimidating step to take in your life. It is difficult to know what to expect from the experience, from your therapist, or from yourself. Acknowledging these uncertainties and the often complex nature of psychotherapy, I approach the process with warmth, empathy, and professionalism.
With an integrative style, I work from a psychodynamic foundation, rooted in attachment, incorporating somatic experiencing, and other tools such as mindfulness. Practicing evidence-based, traditional, as well as cutting edge approaches, interventions are tailored to fit the unique needs of each individual and family.
Integrative also refers to the process of integrating the self, such as the emotional, cognitive, physiological, social/cultural, and transpersonal elements. Overall, the aim of integrative psychotherapy is to facilitate cohesiveness and wholeness.
I work collaboratively and relationally, actively engaging with my clients. Within this therapist/client dynamic, it is of utmost importance for me to create a safe and supportive atmosphere for the therapeutic process to unfold.
"The only journey is the one within." -Rainer Marie Rilke
Modalities a client may experience include:
Psychodynamic psychotherapy values self awareness/insight and processing emotions as a vehicle to resolve underlying psychological disturbances and undesirable patters. The effects of early relationships in the formation of the sense of self and relationships to others is emphasized. The relationship between therapist and client may be utilized and explored as an instrument of change.
This psychoanalytic approach offers the opportunity to better understand one's personal consciousness, as well the power of the collective unconscious and the symbols, archetypes, and complexes that reside there. Dreams, sandplay therapy, and art (i.e., art therapy) can be explored as a means to access healing material.
Acknowledging the link between the brain and nervous system, Somatic Experiencing® gently focuses on overwhelming, stressful or traumatic experiences that get stored in the body. S.E.’s gradual approach honors the body’s innate healing mechanisms and reinstates a capacity for self-regulation.
Mindfulness is a practice which focuses on attending to the present moment and responding skillfully. Mindfulness can be cultivated through a formal meditation practice or is also a tool that can be utilized in daily life and relationships to more fully acknowledge and accept feelings, sensations and thoughts as they arise.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT builds skills in modifying the impact of dysfunctional thinking patterns, assisting in changing behavioral patterns and coping with stress in a more adaptive manner.
Family systems therapy views a family as a single emotional unit. The various roles that each family member plays (the micro) to form the system (the macro) is of focus. This approach assumes that individuals cannot be fully understood in isolation of a larger group dynamic.
Non Violent Communication (NVC)
Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as compassionate communication, is a framework to assist individuals and families in communicating more empathetically, honestly and intentionally.