Therapeutic Approach

nature pics 003I prefer to think of my patients and myself as fellow travelers, a term that abolishes distinctions between ‘them’ (the afflicted) and ‘us’ (the healers). … We are all in this together, and there is no therapist and no person immune to the inherent tragedies of existence.

Irvin D. Yalom

My work is strongly grounded in mindfulness, Buddhist psychology,  and what I have coined a Somatic-Behavioral approach. Increased body awareness combined with exposure theory & techniques support greater acceptance of experience. With acceptance comes more ease and less struggle, leading to choices that align with a fuller, more authentic self and a connection to what is most important to you.

I bring a non-judgmental, curious, compassionate presence to support the exploration of moment to moment experience as it relates to thoughts, emotions,  body sensations & awareness. By slowing down the momentum of experience, it becomes possible to increase understanding, which results in a wider range of choice.

My approach is collaborative, strength-based, values-driven, experiential and empathetic. I will both respect your pace and listen to what you believe is best as well as challenge you to consider if your choices fit what you most want and care about. While we will sometimes ‘talk about’ stuff and explore insights and interpretations, if analysis becomes the default I will tend to encourage a deeper inquiry or steps that move you towards your goals. With caring, I will pay attention to what you most want and sometimes this means interrupting or challenging habitual stories or choices that steer off this path.

I encourage  practice outside of session, through the use of exercises, behavioral experiments and increased reflection and awareness. There is never a requirement or evaluation, but rather support of building and applying skills/tools to potentiate the possibility of growth and desired changes.

I see my role as that of teacher, guide, mentor, coach, collaborator, witness, mirror.

I am honored to be of assistance in such precious and powerful journeys to self.

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
They may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi ~