I am trained in a wide variety of areas, however my technique is heavily rooted in relational/psychodynamic theory. This means that the therapeutic relationship that forms between us will serve as our guiding force. My technique also incorporates attachment theory, internal family systems (IFS), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT--with a focus on mindfulness). I take a somatic approach to healing, meaning that I believe we must incorporate mind, body, emotions, and spirit in the healing process. I believe that the mind and body are one entity and must be treated together.
I am passionate about helping people connect to their inner strength, beauty, and goodness, which means I will have a bias toward kindness and self-compassion. I will encourage this not just in relationship to your mind and heart, but also to your body. I am committed to the work of dismantling structures and systems of power and oppression. As as a straight, white, cis woman, I am aware of my power and privilege and believe that it is important to look at these categories together to understand how our identities shape our experience in the world as well as our mental health. I hope that through our work together, we will find the ways that we have been shaped by these systems and will work to redeem our stories, our bodies, our minds, and our hearts from injustice and violence.
In our work, we will draw upon formative relationships (past and present), social and cultural bias, and studies in mindfulness and the brain.
I believe we all long to be truly seen, felt, and loved. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a safe and inviting space for you to explore your past, present, and future selves. My hope is that through our time together, you will feel heard, understood, and cared for. We will together build a relationship that fosters integration, honesty, and respect.
I deeply value humor, playfulness, and our bodies ability to know and teach us about ourselves.
A note on Play Therapy
My work with children involves various techniques that will allow your child to explore and play freely. I tend not to direct the play, but to observe and interact. Depending on the needs and age of your child, parent involvement will vary. However, I believe that incorporating the family into the child's process is highly valuable. I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I bring a balance of flexibility, improvisation, and intuition to the therapeutic play process. Some activities your child may be invited to engage in include but are not limited to:
Deep-breathing and other mindfulness techniques, journaling (with pictures and/or words), art activities, imagination based play, storytelling, movement/dance, drama therapy, and sand tray play.