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When difficulties arise in life, it can be hard to navigate without support. Whether you are dealing with stress, trauma, grief, mental health, intrusive physical symptoms, or wanting to set boundaries or life goals, choosing to start therapy can be a great step towards finding your way. It is my hope that in our sessions we can create a therapeutic relationship founded on trust, acceptance, and respect. Once this has been established, clients can safely explore life experiences, beliefs, and fears that contribute to negative emotions and sensations that interfere with day-to-day functioning and life satisfaction.
Using an integrative approach that blends research-based modalities, such as EMDR, with somatic techniques, parts work, attunement, embodiment, and self-compassion, I specialize in helping people identify and address the blocks that keep them feeling stuck and from achieving what they envision for their lives. By gently addressing the root causes that lead to the symptoms that constitute stress, anxiety, depression, and other unpleasant sensations, counseling can help clients create the changes that lead to a happier and healthier experience. As issues diminish, clients can go on to achieve their personal goals without the weight of unnecessary baggage that may have been tagging along.
My approach is trauma-informed and uses effective tools to gently help you address past and present traumas in order to overcome their negative impact on your life. I love working with individuals to help them change and counteract the negative messaging they've received and, as a result, see a client's self-worth and self-acceptance increase exponentially. This messaging can come from negative early childhood experiences, attachment issues, harmful religious systems, past or present unhealthy relationships, and society and culture. As people are able to recognize and identify their pain and begin to have a conversation with it, rather than isolating it away, they are able to begin the journey towards health and wholeness they so deeply deserve.
If you think you might benefit from a therapy session, get in touch to learn more. I look forward to the possibility of journeying with you as you move toward embodying a self founded on worth, compassion, safety, and peace, with a greater ability to tolerate and overcome life's challenges.
Traumas come in all different sizes. Often referred to as "Big T" and "Little t", trauma can be defined as "anything that has happened to you that you have not been able to digest, process or sequence. This experience is held in the brain and body and can cause distress and uncomfortable symptoms," (The Maiberger Institute for EMDR Therapy). A "Big T" trauma can be defined as being witness to or experiencing a horrific, unpreventable event that is threatening to either your own survival or the survival of others. Examples include combat, sexual abuse, life-threatening accidents, etc.
"Little t" or development traumas, are any of the more common disturbing life events that happen to so many of us. They are made up of the "little" recurring traumas, such as negative messaging from adverse childhood experiences, attachment issues, being the recipient of bullying, and issues that affect self-worth and self-acceptance, etc. As Francine Shapiro states, "What EMDR has shown us over the past years is that even ubiquitous events such as childhood humiliations and disappointments can leave comparable lasting effects."
Trauma is common, wide-ranging, and can be accompanied by a vast array of symptoms and issues that can greatly affect your quality of life. It can be hard or impossible to deal with on one's own. Reach out today if you want to know more about researched-based, non-invasive, time-efficient modalities available for the effective treatment of trauma.
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"Change begins when we learn to 'own' our emotional brains. That means learning to observe and tolerate the heartbreaking and gut-wrenching sensations that register misery and humiliation. Only after learning to bear what is going on inside can we start to befriend, rather than obliterate, the emotions that keep our maps fixed and immutable."