The foundation of my work with individuals, couples, and groups is relational. Before any other work can occur in counseling, an atmosphere of respect and safety must be developed within the relationship.
Believing in the innate capacity of individuals and couples to grow, heal, and thrive, I work as a facilitator and coach to help people discover and access their strengths and inner resources.
Whether you have clear goals for therapy or feel unclear about what exactly is troubling you but know you need support to move through it, we can work together to create a plan to bring about meaningful change. I believe strongly that everyone makes sense when you know their story. I love partnering with people to unlock the mystery of their symptoms, so they can move toward greater freedom and joy in their lives.
Solution-Focused Therapy is based on the premise that no problem exists 100% of the time. Knowing this, we can build upon the strengths and strategies that are already working. What if anxiety and depression are actually signs that our life is off track? Being curious and experimenting with new behaviors may pave the way towards greater happiness and ease.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy helps clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their difficulties and pain. I teach clients methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment – including meditation strategies, visualization, breath focus, and grounding exercises.
Through my work and training, I have found that unresolved grief and pain are often at the root of individuals feeling stressed, “stuck”, or unhappy. Painful life experiences include an emotional response that is often held in the body. These stored, unprocessed memories from the past can result in heightened emotional reactivity to everyday situations in the present. Listening deeply to clients as they share feelings and triggers in the present, I act as a guide, helping people explore the connections their irrational beliefs today (such as “I am incompetent” or “I am worthless”) and the earlier experiences where these beliefs began.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, trauma-informed therapy that integrates knowledge from neuroscience with mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and body-awareness approaches. EMDR Therapy facilitates fundamental change by helping people access their inner resiliency and process previously unhealed traumatic memories so that they no longer have an influence in the present.
I am a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant and offer individual and group consultation to therapists seeking to strengthen their EMDR skills and gain certification.
The expressive arts provide a vehicle for play, self-expression, seeing new perspectives, and creating a vision for positive change. I encourage interested clients to experiment in session and between sessions with collage, poetry, painting, photography, journal writing, and other expressive mediums as tools to deepen self-awareness, growth, and insight during the counseling process.