I approach therapy as collaborative, working with you as we shape the process together. I am actively engaged and authentic as I support you in your evolution and healing. I listen deeply and assist you to access more levels of your experience and to tap into your own inner resources.
Through my ongoing personal work, I strive to consistently embody cultural humility and an anti-oppression and social justice point of view, to appropriately embrace people of all identities. I foster awareness of how social context impacts you in your life and in therapy with me.
I use relational, psychodynamic, EMDR, and Hakomi approaches, with a focus on mindfulness and somatic awareness. I incorporate Buddhist perspectives in sessions. My background is trauma-informed and includes attachment theory.
Our most persistent emotional issues can have their roots in traumatic experiences and environments. Unprocessed physical and emotional trauma stays in the body-psyche as chronic tension, hypervigilance, intrusive thoughts or memories, fears, anxiety, etc. I have found the embodied and experiential approaches of Hakomi, EMDR, and trauma theory to facilitate the healing of traumas and transform the coping mechanisms we develop in response to them.
″It is said that we can’t attain enlightenment, let alone feel contentment and joy, without seeing who we are and what we do, without seeing our patterns and our habits. This is... developing loving-kindness and an unconditional friendship with ourselves.″