What is therapy?

I see the therapeutic process as an inner journey to wholeness through the support of a warm, empathetic, interactive guide. I do my best to honor the full human being—the mind, body, heart, and spirit.

Are you trying to cope with a health crisis, a difficult experience, a loss, or a transition in your life? Do you have patterns that you struggle with that interfere with a satisfying life? Psychotherapy can help you face the fears that get in your way, to uncover hidden parts of yourself, to heal old wounds, and to develop your own innate wisdom for guidance and healing. It often helps people to feel more supported, to create a life they desire, and to live with more harmonious interpersonal relationships.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process in which you identify your needs and desires for this journey. We set initial goals and then periodically re-evaluate those goals. The work can be short-term, with a focus on support and solutions. Or we can engage in deep exploration to identify and heal the root causes of your current challenges.

How does change occur?

My work begins with developing a warm, attuned, trusting relationship that provides a safe place for you to explore and learn to express what is going on for you at the deepest levels. We may often start with developing tools or resources for stabilization and emotional regulation. We identify and build on your strengths. I often work mindfully and somatically, incorporating the wisdom of the body. You may work with images, a creative process, or add a cognitive understanding of what is transpiring.

Over time, we may drop deeper into early conditioning and patterns and/or core negative beliefs that affect how you see yourself, your relationships, and the world. You may explore more deeply what gets in the way of staying connected to your own power and authenticity. We may look deeper at spiritual or existential concerns, bridging the psychological and the transpersonal.

Some benefits of therapy

  1. Increasing self-awareness and rediscovering lost parts of the self on all levels-emotionally, somatically, mentally, socially, and spiritually
  2. Managing stress and developing healthy lifestyle practices
  3. Developing coping skills for illness/complex health matters or end of life issues
  4. Grieving loss and adjusting to life transitions
  5. Resolving the effects of an acute trauma-i.e., accident, injury, or sudden loss
  6. Identifying and transforming core dysfunctional patterns and beliefs
  7. Creating meaningful activities through creative or spiritual exploration
  8. Developing fulfilling social relationships
  9. Connecting to the earth, the elements, and guides for healing and balance