Knowledge truly is power - when we come to know ourselves, love and accept ourselves and others with all our imperfections, we learn to love deeply, authentically and unconditionally. Small personal changes lead to larger circles of support and interconnection in our lives.
Together, we will explore the mind-body connection. You will learn the neurobiology of instinct, emotion and cognition and to trust your intuition.
You will be challenged to become your best self with me and I'm confident you will enjoy both the process and rewards of therapy.
I combine ideas from various individual and family systems theorists. I am an objective observer and mindful partner in the therapeutic relationship. My natural approach is Humanistic, Rogerian, or Client-Centered. It is imperative for each client to feel a sense of unconditional positive regard from a therapist and not to feel judged. I systematically explore a client's unique perspective, cultural background and social environment. When trust and rapport are established, I integrate Bowenian and Attachment-based theories to explore family of origin experiences and childhood relationships with adult caregivers. Our early connections with family members directly affect the current intimate relationships we choose. Like particles of energy, our lives collide, propelling us into gravitational fields we may or may not be able to control. We yearn to grasp secure, consistent connections while embracing the pull toward change, growth and healing.
I also incorporate Mindfulness-based and Trauma-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Hypnotherapy into my practice. With these methods, clients experience cathartic emotional expression to release blocked energy and learn to replace negative automatic thoughts with positive, conscious, rational reasoning and make productive, intentional choices. Neuroplasticity allows us to modify neural connections impacted by genetic and generational influences that shape our instincts, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Unless we are children or we are enslaved, we all have the power to choose how we perceive and interact within our world. By enhancing self-awareness, we increase self-worth and the quality of our chosen relationships. When we share our deepest feelings and experiences with others, we enhance the potential for intimate connection and security, both emotionally and sexually.
Aside from a serious passion for my deep, intimate work with people, I love solitude. In my quiet moments, you will find me, preferably caffeinated - daydreaming, contemplating, reflecting, reading, researching or writing, like a true introvert. I adore learning about the natural world, philosophy, mythology, consciousness, world cultures and how relationships evolve from systemic interactions between us. Quality time is a love language of mine, so I enjoy hanging out with my family-of-choice, which includes a solid mixture of relatives and other acquired friends and lovers whom I treasure. When traveling, I gravitate toward warm climates where I can relax on a beach and scuba dive. Large bodies of water comfort me. In a meditative state, I love to visualize escaping to the calm depths of the sea.
"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed."
~ Audrey Hepburn
Couple or Family Therapy
$150 per 50 Minute Session
$150 per 50 Minute Session
$225 per 90 Minute Session