My Approach to Helping
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For many of us that carry memories of disconnection in childhood, the feeling of genuine connection seems elusive or even impossible. We yearn for it and defend against it. In session, we get a chance to get to know these conflicting parts of Self. We get an opportunity, in our own shifting therapeutic relationship, to focus on the present moment, trusting that the ways we organize this moment will lead us back to formative moments and to core beliefs.
We cannot change the past. We can change the beliefs that formed during times of trauma. Memories need not carry their emotional charge if we can feel and sense them from a safe place, from a place of connection. We focus on the body, because this is where the experience of life happens.
For many, when we felt disconnected from others, we also disconnected from ourselves. We internalized the disconnection. When we change the experience of the body, when we feel (sometimes for the first time) a real sense of safety at a physical level, our entire nervous system changes. We start making connections at an internal level. Our perception of the world changes. And many come to an awareness that external connections echo the internal: the more we integrate inside, the more connections we findcreateallow out in the world.
More Info About My Practice
Whatever your level of comfort, we move at your pace. You will not be judged for doing or not doing anything. Each person is unique, bringing with them their own sensitivities, sensations, expectations, judgments, triggers, strategies, and memories. We take what you bring, explore your organization of experience, find the points of internal conflict, and move toward transformation and integration.
I utilize a mindful-holistic approach to “make visible” the patterns in your life and body. As this is awareness-based therapy, changes you may expect include a better sense of control and freedom in life and relationships, greater self-acceptance, and the reintegration of facets of self that have shut down in reaction to negative experience. This technique often helps to regulate the nervous system, lowering both depression and anxiety while eliminating personal identification with wounding and pain. Employing this method, you and I work together to realize your sense of purpose and identity. In examining your individual organization of experience, we often find chances to build corrective experience, openly influencing the core strategies, beliefs, meanings that compete with each other to run your life.
Specific Issue(s) I’m Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in Complex Trauma in its MANY varied forms. It may present as PTSD or dissociation. It is often felt as anxiety (general or social), shame (self-loathing, self-judgment,’broken’), or stuckness (learned helplessness, fatalism, self-oppression). It can even present in less obvious ways like an inability to appreciate the moment, numbness, sleep problems, aches and pains, IBS, ADHD, lack of purpose, perpetual ambivalence, mood swings, relational confusion, hyper- or hypo-sexuality, obesity, and a range of other diagnoses or symptoms. If you have never heard about Complex Trauma or just want to learn more, visit my website and click on ‘Complex Trauma’.
My Blog Posts
- Reconnecting with Self, Part 2: Mindfully Heading Toward Discomfort
- Reconnecting with Self, Part 1: Untangling Early Life Adaptations
- Avoidant Attachment, Part 2: The Downside of Preservation
- Avoidant Attachment, Part 1: The Dependence Dilemma
- Ending the Anxious-Avoidant Dance, Part 1: Opposing Attachment Styles
- Ending the Anxious-Avoidant Dance, Part 2: A Built-In Path to Healing
- Attachment as Defense: How Trauma Shapes the Self
- Understanding Attachment: How Our ‘Old Stuff’ Defines Us
- Own the Inner Child: Breaking Free of Anxious Attachment
- Healing Complex Trauma, Part II: The Path to Integration
- Healing Complex Trauma, Part I: The Path to Self-Awareness
- A Calm in the Storm, Part II: Finding Imperfect Balance
- A Calm in the Storm, Part I: Decreasing Emotional Reactivity
- So Long, Social Constructs: From Conflict to Self-Compassion
- Attunement in Hakomi Therapy: Bringing ‘Self’ to the Surface
- Resensitization: Coming Back to Life after Trauma
- Our Narrative Body: The Core Material of Hakomi Therapy
- Internalized Oppression: Living Safe Means Living Stuck
- The Art of Connection: Loving Presence in Hakomi Therapy
- Inside Hakomi Therapy: Acclimating to the Process
- Inside Hakomi Therapy: Attachment and the Body
- From Head to Heart: A Primer for Hakomi Therapy
Client Focus (Age)
Billing and Insurance:I am an in-network provider for:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
- Coventry Health Care
- United Behavioral Health
Fees: I am a preferred provider for the companies listed above.
I can also bill out of network or provide you documentation to do so.
$70 to $150 sliding scale.
First session is free.
Sliding Scale Available Clinicians who offer sliding scale payment structures may offer lower or reduced fees based on an individual’s ability to pay. Please contact this clinician for more details regarding their fees or sliding scale policy.
Free Initial Consultation