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Integrative Therapy

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, 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 moved on. Most mainstream cognitive approaches to therapy, while helpful to a degree, are not enough to fully get us unstuck from the patterns we want to get away from. 

My approach to therapy is always integrative, helping the body and mind work together towards healing. I draw from holistic and somatic therapy techniques, practical neurobiology, yogic philosophy and meditation, mindfulness, transformative insight imagery, acceptance and commitment therapy, and frameworks of anti-oppression and intersectional feminism. I am also experienced in using exposure and response prevention (ERP) when indicated for obsessive compulsive disorder. 

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, unmet emotional needs, and inner child wounds. 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. 

I have expertise working with the following concerns:​

  • Identity and self-esteem work

  • Relationship issues, boundaries, and insecure attachment

  • Women's issues, internalized patriarchy, and harmful gender roles

  • Emotional injury, trauma, and PTSD (including complex PTSD) 

  • General anxiety and social anxiety

  • Major depression and seasonal depression 

  • Support for helping professionals (therapists, teachers, healthcare workers, etc.)

  • Gender and sexual identity work

  • General life stress, career stress and burnout, life transitions

  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

I welcome folks who want to weave a spiritual or energy work component into therapy. I love talking with clients about tarot, astrology, the chakra system, nature, ancestral healing, intuitive gifts, and any other forms of energy work. If you connect with a practice that I'm not familiar with, I would love to learn about it from you!

Identity and anti-oppression statement

I am a very cishet, white woman. The mental health field has a very cishet, white history of weaponizing power and systemic violence in the name of humanitarianism. Both professionally and personally, I am committed to the lifelong work of reducing my complicity in harm and unlearning my white supremacy. I believe that therapy should never help people with historically marginalized identities to better adjust to their own oppression. Rather, I support my clients in feeling whole and grounded enough to embody, love, and prioritize all their layers of identity. And as Audre Lorde wrote: “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

 
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