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MY APPROACH

Our struggles are messengers. If we know how to listen, they can teach us about our deepest needs. Our struggles also bring wisdom about lost or disowned parts of ourselves that are searching for a way home, and the particular risks we may each need to take in order to feel more alive. Greeting these messengers with compassion and curiosity can loosen rigid patterns and storylines, setting us free to reconnect with our vitality. And even when it’s not possible to undo the source of pain, as in cases of trauma, it’s still possible to learn an entirely new way to dance with what hurts – and to commit to inviting joy, flexibility, and fullness in.

My approach to therapy offers a collaborative, safe space where you will be supported to learn to listen to your pain in a way that brings you into more fulfilling connection with yourself, your relationships, and your world. Because connecting more deeply with the truth of your experience takes courage and vulnerability, my approach will also empower you to discover your own strength and set your own pace. Our relationship will be rooted in trust, imagination, and fierce respect for the journey you’re on. Along the healing path, we will emphasize feeding the spirit, seeing from the heart, and reconnecting to your own natural rhythms. 

 

My approach is integrative: I draw from multiple therapeutic styles to adapt to each client’s needs. My influences include relational-cultural therapy, Gestalt therapy, feminist therapy, ecopsychology, Buddhist psychology, humanistic psychology, liberation psychology, and depth-oriented approaches. I am also trained in EMDR and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Therapy jargon can be mystifying – feel free to ask me for the scoop on any of these terms! Please see the Services + Fees section of the website for details regarding the types of concerns clients typically work on with me.

 

I take a holistic approach to working with trauma. In addition to attending to the cognitive, emotional, and spiritual wounding that accompanies trauma, I attend to ways in which trauma gets stored in the physical body. I also take into account transgenerational dimensions of trauma (the ways in which trauma gets passed down across generations, such that an ancestor’s struggles may show up as symptoms in a descendant).

 

I believe that, in the words of Vikki Reynolds, “a socially just world is a mentally well world.” My anti-oppressive framework attends to ways in which systems of oppression generate trauma and other health impacts. I am LGBTQIA+-affirming, and a body-positive/Health at Every Size philosophy informs my work.