My Approach

My therapeutic approach draws from a number of perspectives including psychodynamic, mindfulness practice, somatic psychotherapy, affect/arousal regulation, and the field of neuroscience. The focus of my work is on the unique story and experience of each individual, tailoring interventions and tools to meet client’s needs. I draw from my experiences in the natural world and a lifetime of living, thinking, and being in a relationship with myself and others.

My approach can differ in some ways from standard talk therapy. The methodologies that I draw from recognize a connection between the mind’s awareness, the body’s innate wisdom, and our accumulated experiences and the interpretations of these experiences over time in the nervous system. My approach takes into consideration more than the spoken word to include physical sensations, gestures, and movements as possible pathways to information.  Pathways that can lead to deeply held beliefs, perceptions, and patterns that are necessary to connect with in order to do the important work of healing. When we incorporate our body’s intuitive knowing into our mind, we can begin to see outside of the deep, habitual grooves we have created. We may begin by talking and with gentle encouragement, you may begin to experience sensations in the body and incorporate that awareness into the conversation and healing that arises.  

Our bodies are important in psychotherapy because they record our experiences, some of which are formed in the earliest years of development. When we include the body as a resource in therapy, we shift from explaining our experiences to exploring them with a deeper capacity to feel change and incorporate new beliefs into lasting felt states.  

You don’t have a right to the cards you think you should have been dealt, you have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding.
— Cheryl Strayed