I am a somatic relational therapist. I work with people who have experienced relational harm at some point along their life span and who may be experiencing current relational distress, whether that is difficulty connecting to their own experience or difficulty connecting with others. I have post-Master's training in three modalities for working with trauma. I am trained in EMDR and I am an Advanced student of Somatic Experiencing, both of which are evidenced based therapeutic interventions. I am also in the final training module for NeuroAffective Touch, a polyvagal informed psychotherapeutic touch therapy for developmental trauma.
In conjunction with my clinical training, I have extensive training in the self-cultivating arts of traditional Hatha yoga and meditation practices. Yoga is one avenue for reconnecting the body-mind and in this way is also a meditative practice. Both yoga and meditation have been shown to restructure the brain in a way that can lower emotional reactivity and aid in higher brain functions. By calming the emotional centers of the brain (limbic system) we gain greater access to the parts of the brain that aid in discernment, critial thinking, planning, organization and more (prefrontal cortex).
I work with youth, adults, intimate partnerships and family systems. I work with people who have histories of sexual assault, molestation, physical, emotional and/or verbal abusive relationships. I work with people who experience feelings of depression and anxiety. I work with people experiencing life changes (relocation, divorce, death) and with grief and loss. I work with people traveling the path of life who have experienced any number of life's stressors and who are ready to do the work to experience life anew.
“No recovery from trauma is possible without attending to issues of safety, care for the self, reparative connections to other human beings, and a renewed faith in the universe. The therapist's job is not just to be a witness to this process but to teach the patient how.”
― Janina Fisher
―Carl R. Rogers