I believe that healing starts with compassionately acknowledging all the parts of ourselves where old wounds and self-limiting patterns reside. Many of my clients reach out to me because they have been craving a life that feels securely rooted, unapologetically authentic, and aligned with the most vibrant expression of themselves. Much of my therapeutic work involves processing emotional injuries/traumas, social conditioning, anxious patterns, insecure attachment, life stressors, or anything else that can hold us back.
When you ride a bike, your body instinctually remembers what to do even though your logical mind isn't thinking about how to ride the bike. This is because memory that is implicit and automatic is held in the body, not just in the mind. Similarly, old wounds and deeply held beliefs about ourselves often stay in our bodies implicitly and automatically, even after our logical brains have tried to move on.
My approach to therapy is always integrative, helping the body and mind work together towards healing and wholeness.
Foundational to my clinical approach is my extensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a somatic treatment approach that engages the body's wisdom to heal trauma and attachment injuries (any experiences of not having an important emotional or relational need met). Sensorimotor Psychotherapy emphasizes mind/body/spirit holism, the organic relationship between therapist and client, working with nervous system survival defenses, and mindful attunement to the present moment throughout the therapy session.
I have expertise working with the following concerns:
Trauma and PTSD (including complex trauma and C-PTSD)
Attachment issues and attachment injury
Adult survivors of childhood sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect
Identity and self-esteem work
Relationship issues and boundary work
Women's issues and harmful gender-based conditioning
Anxiety and depression
Gender and sexual identity work
Support for helpers and activists (therapists, teachers, healthcare workers, organizers, etc.)
General life stress, career stress and burnout, life transitions
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
I also welcome folks who want to weave a spiritual or energy work component into therapy.
Identity and anti-oppression statement
I am a cis white woman. The mental health field has a very cis white history of weaponizing power disguised as humanitarianism. Both professionally and personally, I am committed to the lifelong work of reducing my complicity in harm. I believe that therapy should never aim to make people more compliant with their own oppression. Rather, I support my clients in feeling whole and grounded enough to embody, love, and prioritize all their layers of identity.