My approach honors your wholeness, and built-in capacity to heal and grow under the right conditions. Many of the places where we find ourselves stuck or suffering stem from not having had another person be with us during difficult experiences with understanding and acceptance. Psychotherapy offers the possibility of being in a relationship where you can feel safe enough to take the risks you need to to heal, learn and grow in new directions.
Having someone who can listen to, understand, see and appreciate who you are helps you become yourself more fully. The presence of a good therapist can help you heal old wounds, and can teach you a great deal about how to be in relationships more satisfying ways.
My approach to psychotherapy is rooted in the practice of paying attention to present moment experience with an open mind and heart (commonly known as mindfulness). This way of working is influenced largely by Hakomi Therapy, a method that integrates experiential, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches to therapy. My work is also informed a great deal by AEDP, another healing oriented and experiential form of therapy.
This way of meeting what you are experiencing starts with creating a relationship that feels safe and connected. You will have an opportunity to talk about your experience and be listened to deeply. My approach also offers an opportunity to go much deeper than simply thinking and talking about what you already know...To grow, learn and feel more connected to life, we need more than insight--we need to have a new experience.
As we pay attention to what’s going on in your life, I will invite you to turn towards your experience in the present moment using the practice of mindfulness. I will guide and support you in connecting to the living, embodied experience of your life as it reveals itself in not only your thoughts, but also in the sensations and feelings in your body.
This way of inner listening can reveal in a gentle but powerful way who you are beneath the surface of ordinary awareness. You’ll have the opportunity to see how your automatic and unconscious patterns in body, mind, and heart cause unnecessary suffering, as well as experience, in a direct and embodied way, the wisdom, goodness, and freedom that lives beneath patterns.
Many people find this experiential approach to therapy highly engaging and transformative. You can learn more about how I work with couples here, and if you'd like to schedule a free introductory call, feel free to send me a message via the form below.
* About the image above: Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, "golden joinery") is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the beauty and the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.