How I Work
Change = Insight + Experience
Coming to therapy is a unique and potent opportunity for psychological healing and personal growth. The therapy relationship is designed to help you become aware of crucially important data about yourself: (1) the deeply embedded beliefs, hopes and fears that motivate behavior and shape the meaning you make of your experiences, (2) the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious habits of thinking, feeling and acting that define your everyday life for better or for worse. But beyond the attainment of insight, therapy should also be a profound healing experience. Joining me in an atmosphere of safety and collaboration, you will have the opportunity to actively experiment with new ways of being, feeling, and relating. The work you do in therapy will translate back into your "real life" as you find yourself taking new, important risks.
The Right Fit
Therapy works best when there's a good fit between client and clinician. Someone who makes a good fit for my approach is:
actively interested in working toward some kind of healing, change, or self-understanding
curious about or open to a therapy that emphasizes and engages the mind-body connection
What is Somatic Psychotherapy?
Therapy is a significant investment of time, money, and energy, and as a client you ought to be able to expect a tangible return on your investment. Somatic psychotherapy and other experiential approaches developed out of the recognition that just talking about problems, even to a skilled listener, is often insufficient to facilitate needed change. Perhaps you've had this unsatisfying experience firsthand!
In somatic, or body-centered therapy (soma is Greek for body), we deepen and accelerate our exploration of the mind by paying equal attention to your experience of inhabiting a physical body in the immediate present, in the here and now. In our busy, virtual world, most of us pay little attention to the nonstop stream of physical experiences that accompany our every action and interaction. But the body is never silent; through sensations, expressions, postures, gestures and fidgets it "speaks" in a language that carries deep personal meanings for each of us. Likewise, the body "remembers" much that the mind does not, as formative experiences both pleasant and unpleasant get encoded as habits of sensing, reacting, and moving. By mindfully attuning to the body's language and listening to its long and profound memory, we are granted quicker and more focused access to the core wounds underlying current psychological problems. The effectiveness of somatic approaches is supported by modern neuroscience and clinical research.
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If your compassion does not include yourself,
it is incomplete.