Change is not a straight line or one-size-fits-all model. It requires support and practical tools to help build awareness, tolerance, healthy coping, and choices.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive arts therapy may incorporate writing, storytelling, movement, painting, and/or music, and is intended to deepen and transform the healing experience. Creativity engages the senses and allow clients to release expectations about the outcome and focus on the process.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present. When the mind and body settle into a state of awareness, we observe ourselves and our surroundings without judgment and with compassion. This practice has nourishing effects on our well-being.
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) has four pillars: faith in the client's capacity to heal, the power of being seen and understood, working through defenses, and discovering a newfound ability to trust.
My approach is collaborative, interactive, and centered in curiosity. I want to know you better. You are the expert of your own experience. I'm here to guide you and help you get unstuck. You decide the pace of the work we do together.
I incorporate body-based, non-verbal communication in my work. Sometimes, a gesture, breath, or your tone of voice exposes the core of your difficulties more genuinely than words. We will talk about your past as a reference point to your present-moment challenges.
Engaging with mindful practices helps to unwind the emotional attachment to past experiences, allowing opportunity for clarity and choice. Present-moment awareness exists at the core of my personal and counseling practice. Having spent the first half of my life as a reactive perfectionist, I understand the challenges associated with learning to become responsive. I practice and teach compassion-based techniques.
I view the common symptoms of stress and trauma as a function of an overwhelmed nervous system that has forgotten how to achieve balance. We achieve symptom resolution and greater self-awareness by developing daily coping skills to help stabilize the system, alongside arts-based interventions and parts work to develop an embodied sense of self.