I want to create a safe, nonjudgmental space for you where you can talk about your experiences and be actively responded to. Clients have said they find me to be compassionate, warm, engaged, informed, and "easy-going but with a strong backbone."  As a holistic practitioner with a 12 year background in professional massage therapy, I address the "whole" of the self that seeks healing - mind, body and spirit.  As an integrative psychotherapist, I am likely to draw from a combination of therapeutic principles and techniques that, in unique combination, can help you cope with difficult emotions, gain insights, and meet your goals.  Within a Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy Model (solutions based, goal oriented work can be completed within 4-6 months of weekly sessions), these techniques may include:

  • teaching and strongly encouraging mindfulness meditation as a daily practice and as a way to acknowledge and "be with" distressing emotions (this work grounded in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

  • mind-body psychotherapies (Breathwork, Voice Dialogue, basic Internal Family Systems techniques, Trauma Resiliency Model, Seeking Safety Model, Hakomi techniques, and verbal approaches derived from years as a Level I Trauma Touch massage therapist)

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - using a Theratapper for bi-lateral stimulation)

  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (MBCBT)

  • acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

  • shame resilience theory (based upon Brene Brown, Ph.D.'s work)

  • techniques drawn from narrative and story therapy

  • journaling and other expressive arts techniques

  • feminist therapy principles

  • existential principles/logotherapy

  • spiritual principles

  • basic coaching techniques to identify interests, values, and goals that inspire

  • guided imagery to build strong reservoirs of imagery and archetypal parts within

  • wellness assessment (exploring how lifestyle choices may be impacting mood and energy)

  • and investigation into the "meaning, purpose, and passion" in life

Also, and most importantly, I am keenly aware of how our inner selves are impacted not only by what we've come into this world with and what has happened to us, but also by our relationships, and our financial, social, cultural, and political realities.  I will help you gain ever greater compassion for yourself in light of these sometimes oppressive influences.