BACKGROUND I have worked in the mental health field since 2001 in a variety of settings, including psychiatric, drug treatment, and youth corrections. In 2008, I went to massage therapy school to pursue a career in the healing arts, and I came away with the realization of how powerful the blend of mind and body therapies could be for holistic healing. I have on-going training in Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy and Craniosacral Biodynamics, as well as an extensive yoga practice which greatly influences my work.I am passionate about sharing this mind-body approach with my clients.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Lewis and Clark College, 2007 East West College of the Healing Arts, 2009 Licensed Professional Counselor #C3164 Licensed Massage Therapist #17024 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)
WHAT TO EXPECT Individual therapy sessions will include talk therapy that invites clients into states of mindfulness where he/she can witness internal experience. This will take place while sitting in a chair, lying fully clothed on a table, or any combination of both. The client will be informed of any uses of touch. This may include acupressure on hands, arms, feet, legs, neck, head, back, and abdomen. The purpose of touch is to help gain body awareness, facilitate emotional release while maintaining safety, and to calm the nervous system. Breathing exercises and useful yoga poses may also be woven into therapy.
HAKOMI BODY-CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word meaning "how do you stand in relation to these many realms?" Or more simply, "who are you?" This type of therapy uses mindfulness as a way to study present experience, the core beliefs that shape that experience, as well as offers opportunities for living fuller, more authentic lives. This method is gentle, non-pathological, and recognizes that people are always seeking wholeness.
EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a very successful approach to treat trauma. It uses eye movements to process information and memories of traumatic events, as well as has a calming effect on a stressed nervous system. The eye movements are thought to mimic the process of REM sleep while dreaming and appears to be crucial to organizing experience in an adaptive manner. When trauma disrupts this system, EMDR can help.
BODYWORK The focus of bodywork is the movement of energy, or life force, throughout the many channels in the body and is rooted in my studies of Thai bodywork and Craniosacral Biodynamics. These healing modalities view health as being dependent on free movement of energy, and when it is blocked by stress, trauma, or any number of factors, disease and illness arise. Releasing blocks in the physical, emotional, and energetic bodies results in physical release of bound muscles and connective tissue, as well as emotional releases such as laughing or crying. This is welcomed and a sign that the stagnant holding places in the body are letting go. YOGA Yoga is a practice that uses breath awareness, postures, and meditation to align us with our true nature. As with other Eastern healing practices, it moves and releases restrictions or blocks in the physical, emotional, and energetic bodies. When tension, stress, and trauma are released, one feels lighter, peaceful, and more whole. Yoga philosophy, breath awareness training, postures, and meditation are often woven into therapy sessions.
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