It is my belief that individual counseling has the potential to do more than help manage or alleviate a client’s troubles. It can transform a life from the inside out. Working together, we can shift harmful patterns, by bringing our careful, respectful attention to the very foundations of the self: the client’s embodied emotional life. This attention takes the shape of my non-judgmental listening and warm attunement to you, the client.
Child development theory and revelations from contemporary neuroscience tell us a compelling story about how people learn, grow and change. Our cognition and behaviors—how we think, act, and ultimately, who we become—evolve out of our felt and emotional sense of things. Early childhood in particular is a time of bodily and emotional learning. This learning unfolds in the context of primary attachment relationships.
Not all relationships are equally beneficial for learning about our own wholeness. We learn when we feel. We learn best and move toward our wholeness when we feel “good”: safe, accepted and held in positive regard.
The therapist/counselor invites the client into a genuine, trusting relationship that the client may use for personal growth and healing. This truly collaborative, client-led process can result in what Stephen Johnson calls “the hard work miracle” of personal transformation.
My Integral Healing Therapy practice includes talk therapy, body and dream work (Donald Kalsched, Marion Woodman), energy healing, and elements of psychodrama and art therapy. I am also influenced by Dick Swartz’ Internal Family Systems methodology. My knowledge of yoga further enriches my approach to mindfulness and to a freer life for the body.
"If we begin to get in touch with whatever we feel with some kind of kindness, our protective shells will melt, and we'll find that more areas of our lives are workable. As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others--what and whom we can work with, and how--becomes wider."
Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart
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