One of the most frustrating things about suffering is it can persist even when we're doing our best to address it. Starting therapy begins a process of change that can bring about emotional relief, new ways of thinking, and fresh energy. Talking to a therapist is different than talking to a loved one or friend. The therapy relationship is genuine, and yet it doesn't require the same kind of give-and-take that other relationships do. Together we focus on you. I am an interactive therapist, and while I give you space to talk freely, I frequently engage with you during your sessions. While some of what arises in your therapy may feel challenging or difficult, a good deal of what gets recognized in therapy are positive and inspiring aspects of yourself and your potential.
The people in my practice
I work with individual adults, couples, and groups. I welcome a variety of people into my practice with different cultural backgrounds, personal identities, and from different age groups (18 - elder years). As a white, cisgender, able-bodied woman in mid-life, it is my intention to value your background and identity, whether different or similar to my own experiences. I welcome questions about how I will be able to understand your personal and life circumstances, past and present.
My expertise and orientation
My areas of clinical focus and expertise include: relationships and intimacy; mild to severe depression; anxiety, panic, and fears; mood fluctuations and disorders; internalized anger and healthy aggression; adult and childhood trauma (personal and social); major life changes and life transitions; postpartum stress and parenting; acute and chronic illness and pain; grief and loss; spiritual emergence and integration; and support for leaders.
My orientation is integrative and psychoanalytic. I have studied eastern and western meditation and contemplative traditions for two decades in academic, secular, and spiritual settings, and this has influenced my clinical work. I am also influenced by somatic approaches; family and community systems theories; social justice principles and practices; indigenous healing perspectives; and neuro-psychology.
Most importantly, you have a say in how we work together. Discussing it in your initial appointment is an important part of beginning therapy.