My work with individuals provides an accepting, open place
for people to learn and grow.
I have many years of experience assisting people in healing from depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, and addressing the challenges that come with major life events. My role as therapist is to be present to the unfolding of the healing process, to help clients develop self-awareness, to teach skills.
I like to work in a creative, sensitive way with what is present in the moment, knowing that the threads to the heart of the issue are woven there. An awareness of the evolving legacy we carry forward from our families is woven throughout my work.
My holistic approach to psychotherapy:
- Is grounded in professional standards of care.
- Treats the whole person – mind, body and spirit – rather than focusing solely on a diagnosis.
- Views problems as opportunities for exploration and growth.
- Considers a person’s well-being to be affected by:
- Inner experiences: beliefs about oneself, our ability to connect with others, loss, trauma, family history, questions about meaningfulness;
- Outer circumstances: quality of our relationships, work and home environments, physical health, finances, lifestyle;
- Broader context: family heritage, community, spiritual/religious life, the natural environment.
- Is committed to integrative medicine as a way to provide the best possible care. Many of my clients are also receiving medical treatment, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, etc., and I find it very helpful to collaborate with their practitioners.
- Supports the appropriate use of medication, with recognition of its limitations, and appreciation for the desire to be medication-free.
- May include mindfulness training, meditation and/or work with creative imagination. These help to develop self-awareness, stress management skills, and to engage the whole self in the healing process
- May include effective, innovative treatments, such as energy psychotherapy, imagery work, hypnosis, EMDR, and others, as appropriate
- Recognizes that practitioners, themselves, are part of the healing process; and holds practitioners accountable for increasing their own awareness, integrity and well-being