Stress / Anxiety Depression Somatic Symptoms Chronic Pain PTSD / Trauma Recurring Nightmares Spiritual Issues Life Purpose and Direction Support for Weight Loss Relationship with Food & Body
I work from the belief that the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual are interconnected. When one area is affected, all are affected. In order for lasting healing to manifest, each area must be invited, considered, and addressed in counseling. In addition to traditional talk therapy, which engages the mind, I use methods that invite the body and spirit into the healing process.
The Body in Counseling The body stores emotion until we have the chance to process, express, and let go. The common sentiments, "I feel stuck," often has to do with emotional energy being stuck in the body. I practice body centered therapy, also known as somatic psychotherapy, which includes a variety of approaches that emphasize the importance of the mind/body connection. I Integrate traditional talk therapy with practices that use the body as a healing resource. My work with clients includes mindfulness, breath work, and relaxation techniques for daily practice. I encourage clients to seek out other modalities to compliment our work in therapy---those that facilitate the healthy flow of energy throughout the body. These include Yoga and therapeutic movement, acupuncture and massage.
The Spirit in Counseling The universal quest for meaning and purpose is closely related to one's practice of & beliefs about spirituality. For clients who want to incorporate spirituality in counseling, I offer a non-judgmental space to talk about meaning, purpose, God, the collective unconscious, death and life after death, etc. I also honor those to whom spirituality is not important. The degree to which counseling is spiritually integrative, (ranging from not at all to spiritual counseling), is each client's decision.
I recognize that a person's religious background can be a source of strength and / or distress. I am experienced in helping clients process issues and concerns associated with religion and / or spirituality. I have invested time in learning about various world religions, including Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Mormonism, and Jehovah's Witness. I can offer additional insight to clients who identify or struggle with Christian Spirituality.
To supplement and support our work in counseling... I offer Therapeutic Movement, Yoga for holistic wellness, to any client who desires to add this to their treatment plan. Sessions are tailored to meet each client's mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual goals.
I also offer Mindfulness Coaching, collaborating with each client in how to applying mindfulness in daily life. Sessions are tailored to address the unique mental-emotional health concerns of each client.
These supplemental / supportive services are offered individually to non-counseling clients and as an optional part of our clinical treatment plan in therapy.