Beginning therapy can be a big step. Often people seek therapy when their experience of suffering has reached a point of being intolerable, while others might just need some guidance or seek a witness on their journey of personal growth. I’m glad you are reaching out for the support you need. Therapy allows us to explore ourselves more deeply, understand patterns that keep us stuck, heal old wounds, access our authentic self-expression and develop much needed skills and tools to navigate this crazy thing called life.
My Approach to Therapy
As a holistically minded therapist, I consider the whole person, including their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual experiences, as well as the psychosocial and environmental aspects of their life. From this view, “negative” symptoms are not something to eliminate or fix, but rather something to become curious about. Collaboratively we will explore your past and current experiences and begin to understand the cause of your symptoms.
As a therapist, I provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for this exploration and healing to take place, continuously meeting my client wherever they are and helping them to access their own motivations for change. I carry an authentic and direct presence that allows for honest and open communication to unfold and the client’s own self-awareness to develop.
Some of the specific issues that I work with:
- Life-cycle transitions (for youth and adults)
- Career related growth and development
- Grief and bereavement
- Trauma processing
- Menstrual cycle health and awareness (cyclic mood swings, self-care, conscious menstruation and cycle synching)
- Stress management
- Family or relational discord
- Positive parenting
- Youth mentorship and counseling
- Guidance for spiritual and personal growth
Some Approaches I may draw from:
- Relational and Attachment theory
- Humanistic/person-centered therapy
- Expressive art therapy
- EMDR therapy
- IFS therapy – Internal Family Systems
- Interpersonal neurobiology
- Somatic awareness
- Solution-focused therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Systems theory
Feel free to explore my website further to see if we might be a good fit in working together.
Education and Experience
I earned my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Expressive Art Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. My therapeutic experience encompasses work with individuals, families and couples as well as providing mentorship and youth counseling for adolescents and teens. I have completed several post-degree trainings on trauma focused modalities including EMDR therapy (Eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing). I have also received specialized training in eco-therapy methods and have been an active participant in Indigenous and Earth-based spiritual practices for almost ten years. Previous to my counseling training and experience, I was a working artist. During this time I also co-directed Art Matters, a program for adults with developmental disabilities, helping to facilitate experiences of self-empowerment, personal expression and professionalism through the artistic process. I have a deep love for nature and the outdoors and feel most content while hiking, gardening, dancing, making art or spending time with loved ones.