While I am able to work with a wide arise of mental health concerns, from anxiety to depression there are a couple of areas that I specialize in:
Often individuals come to see me because they feel like their lives are lacking in acceptance and understanding. They may see these qualities as simply absent from their internal lives, or within their relationships, or a mixture of these two. Often when these qualities are lacking we move in:
-Inner Child Wounding
On a simple level, the experience of trauma comes down to the statement of "too much, too fast". However while this sounds simple on the page, the experience of trauma is anything but. From relational distress to more intense emotional experiences, the results of trauma can be long-lasting. I work with the following forms of trauma:
-Motor Vehicle Accidents
While I have a lot of experience working with trauma, and am able to address trauma that may be coming from a variety of areas, I specialize in working with trauma surrounding religion. This may be religious trauma that came from growing up a home environment where they didn’t believe the religious messages they were being taught, or shame that results from religion, or simply feeling like something is “off” or “stuck” as it relates to the core of their identity.
From medical professionals to executives I've with a variety of professionals seeking to recover from or prevent their burnout. Qualities of burnout may manifest as:
Here are some of the tools I use....
The EMDR process works with safety and bilateral stimulation to allow the brain to reprocess the trauma and reorient meanings that were created at the time of the trauma that may be currently causing you difficulties in other areas of your life. It works with acute trauma such as car accidents, sexual assault, attacks, natural disasters, witnessing horrific images, and surgical issues. It also can be helpful in reprocessing meanings created in early childhood experiences.
INTERPERSONAL NEUROBIOLOGY (IPNB) is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand the mind and mental health. It is a term coined by Dr. Dan Siegel in his 1999 book, The Developing Mind, and seeks to integrate many ways of understanding what it is to be human including many disciplines of science, most notably neuroscience and biology, mathematics, anthropology, the arts, dance, music, and spiritual traditions. Dr. Siegel has defined 9 levels of integration in the brain and we use that map to help us define what impediments are keeping our clients from living their most flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized and stable life.
This a framework that allows us to deepen our understanding of how the mind, the brain and relationships work and therefore organize our tools to help clients more efficiently. These three entities, the mind, the brain and our relationships are both differentiated processes and intricately linked as they move together to create our lived experiences. We study details of brain function across various parts of the brain but we also study the larger flow that occurs when varies differentiated sections come together to create more complex functions such as curiosity or compassion. Have a healthy, flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized and stable experience in life require the various brain functions to be integrated with each other and to integrate with minds outside of ourselves as our relationships shift how we experience our world.
This model of trauma resolution and nervous system regulation works directly with the client’s central nervous system. Through life stress, trauma, the pace of our modern society, and a host of other factors client’s come to this modality with the hope of repatterning their nervous system. Over our life span, we encounter many situations that challenge our bodies to survive threats. What we learn from each experience becomes our blueprint for future self-projection and protection. Healing accelerates when energy trapped in the nervous system has an opportunity to discharge, renegotiate, and reorganize its locked-in fight, flight, and freeze responses that have remained in the body after the original traumatic incidents occurred. Somatic Experiencing frees us to live in the present, bringing our bodies up to date, and also promotes the lost capacity to self-regulate, and the ability to spontaneously move from activation to relaxation
(Emotionally Focused Therapy)
We are wired for connection, and a host of science shows that when we have an environment that has been attuned to our needs, offering safety and presence within our early years, those experiences will guide our worldview and our patterns within relationships. Emotionally Focused Therapy seeks to work directly with our procedural memory, and how memory impacts the relational dances we find ourselves in with our close relationships, as well as how we form our inner world. By utilizing mindfulness, and other Attachment-Based interventions, we will work to build awareness of your patterns and offer space to elicit change.
Fees for Individual &Couples Counseling
50 Minute Individual Counseling Session – $175
I am currently in-network with Pacificsource and offer out-of-network reimbursement when possible.
*Please note that I do have two sliding scale spots, and I do seek to work with people. Please make sure that if you are requesting a sliding scale spot, you include this information in your consultation request.