I view therapy as a collaborative process of healing and integrating the parts of ourselves that are lost in pain, rage, numbness, neediness, shame or grief. I believe that we are intrinsically whole and there is a part of ourselves, what Internal Family Systems (IFS) calls the "Self," that is untouched by trauma and adversity. However, when faced with distressing, confusing or frightening relationships or situations we learn to protect ourselves in ways that make us feel fragmented and alienated. These protective parts help us survive, but not thrive. We yearn to re-connect with our wholeness, yet we fear loss or rejection. Being accepted as you are now, without fear of judgment, and developing curiosity and compassion for yourself and all you have been through, makes therapy a safe place to deeply understand and accept yourself. Paradoxically, acceptance opens the doors for transformation.
Since everyone has different ways of taking in and processing information, I integrate a variety of practices and tailor therapy to your unique needs and goals. Some of the therapeutic approaches I draw upon include Psychodynamic talk therapy, tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Somatic and Transpersonal Psychologies, Mindfulness, Parts Work, EMDR and Trauma-Informed Therapy based in Neurobiology and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Healing and integrating our wounded parts inspires a greater sense of curiosity, compassion, calm, confidence, connection and creativity.