BACKGROUND I have worked in the mental health field since 2001 in a variety of settings, including psychiatric, drug treatment, and youth corrections. After attending massage therapy school to pursue a career in the healing arts, I realized how powerful both mind and body therapies are for holistic healing. I have training in body-centered psychotherapy and craniosacral therapy, as well as an extensive yoga and meditation practice which greatly influences my work.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Lewis and Clark College, 2007 East West College of the Healing Arts, 2009 Licensed Professional Counselor Licensed Massage Therapist #17024
WHAT TO EXPECT Individual therapy sessions include talk therapy that invites clients into states of mindfulness in order to 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. The purpose of touch is to help gain body awareness, a sense of personal boundaries, to release physical and energetic restrictions, and to regulate the nervous system. Breathing practices, meditation, and craniosacral therapy are an integral part of this somatic approach to mental health.
BODY-CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY This type of therapy views the body as a source of wisdom and a path to healing and self-awareness. It 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. www.hakomiinstitute.com/about/the-hakomi-method traumahealing.org/about-us
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 traditional Thai bodywork and craniosacral therapy. 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 unwinding and letting go. www.upledger.com/therapies/faq.php www.craniosacral-biodynamics.org/overview.html
YOGA Yoga is a practice that uses postures, breathing practices, 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 subtle energy bodies. When tension, stress, and trauma are released, one feels lighter, peaceful, and more whole. Yoga philosophy, breath awareness training, and meditation are often woven into therapy sessions and provide a foundation of wisdom for this work.
EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a successful approach to process traumatic events. It uses eye movements to process information and memories, while having a calming effect on a dysregulated nervous system. The eye movements are thought to mimic the process of REM sleep when dreaming, which appears to be crucial to organizing experience and thought patterns in an adaptive manner. When trauma disrupts this system, EMDR can help. www.emdr.com/