The particular methods I use have been carefully chosen because of their ability to be powerful, yet gentle agents of change. Many of my clients have said I’m direct, yet playful. I think that is true, and these practices in particular allow those qualities to come through. Also, I embrace a non-judgemental approach which creates a safe space, making any failures, insecurities, or fear, fabulous opportunities for your personal growth.
I embrace what I call a contemplative, mindfulness approach in working with people. This may mean that I teach you mindfulness-based practices and meditation techniques, lead you in meditations, guided imagery, muscle relaxation, breathing techniques, or somatic awareness exercises. Many of these come with a practical application you can use outside of the session. These practices slow-down the noise in your head so that you can feel and hear what is happening inside. With less focus on the noise, you increase your awareness and have more resources that provide information. You experience more spaciousness and trust in your life, which makes making choices easier and in alignment with what you truly want.
As an Artist and Art Therapist, I’ve seen the powerful effects of making art in a non judgemental, therapeutic way. In session, creativity can look many different ways. For example, sometimes I ask clients to create work using only lines, shapes, and colors according to how they feel in that particular moment. Sometimes clients create an image of their inner critic. Other times, using the material is enough, like engaging with a material you’ve never tried to build confidence with new experiences. Art is also a great way to ‘see’ your problem objectively. It is non-threatening and can yield a great deal of insight in a short matter of time. You do not have to be an artist to do Art Therapy.
E.M.D.R. is an acronym for eye movement and desentization and reprocessing. It is a method of asking your brain to store negative memories in a more healthy adaptive part of your brain. Neurobiologists believe that activating your right and left brain using back and forth movement while focusing on a disturbing thought, unlocks pathways in your brain. These pathways allow that memory to be processed. Basically, the disturbing memory comes out of the fight or flight zone and get stored with the rest of your neutral thoughts. For you, this means that memories you’ve held for a long time, and the negative thoughts you’ve carried about yourself because of them, lose their grip. Your relationship to those memories change, and so do you.
I use a lot of talk therapy to learn how your mind is working, and which thoughts are serving you well and which ones aren’t. Changing the thought can have a positive effect on your feelings and outlook, which in turn, changes your behavior. Training your mind to think differently takes awareness and practice. I am here to simplify this process, with practices that make this change easy and acceptable, so all parts of you can ‘get on board’ with the new way of thinking.
I only work with folks who I think I can help.
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