Our work together is specifically tailored for you. For instance, some of my clients tend to gravitate more to traditional talk therapy, while others dive into the imaginal or body centered sessions. Instead of taking a one-size-fit-all approach, we explore your experience and see what opens.
That being said, our sessions will be deeply informed by following modalities for both individuals and couples:
Somatic Parts Work
While many people assume the self is a single entity, we actually are made up of a multiplicity of perspectives known as sub-personalities. For instance, a part of us may want to exercise, while another doesn't want to exercise. Informed by both Gestalt and Internal Family Systems, we will begin to identify, contact and explore this internal terrain. This work can begin to increase self awareness, dissolve internal conflict, release burdens we are carrying, as well as transform ones experience of the self.
Therapeutic models tend to specialize in one area, but parts work is meant to explore the vast array of human experience. It has been found effective for treating trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, spiritual issues, as well as connecting to our innate capacity for health and well-being.
The emphasis on our body or somatic experience allows us to transform trauma and PTSD through targeting the nervous system in a way to access inner resource and nourishment. This process is often missed in more cogantive talk based therapies. Much of this work is drawn from my training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Relationship & Attachment Focused Therapy
As social beings, much of our life is influenced by relationships. While not the sole influence, our early childhood experiences --- especially with our caregivers --- shapes the foundations for how we show up in relationships, often referred to as our attachment style.
Some may experience isolation or disconnection in relationships, while others might feel overly dependent or anxious. For those who experienced abuse or trauma in relationship, getting close can often trigger the survival response; fight, flight or freeze.
Through targeting the attachment system, we begin to heal previous ruptures in relationship and relate from a foundation of safety, security, nourishment. In this way we not only repair our relationship to others, but also our confidence and security in one's self.
Mindfulness-based Counseling & Meditation Instruction
Mindfulness-based counseling begins with present moment awareness and is the foundation of all our work. Instead of just talking about what is happening, we begin to connect to our direct experience through presence. This style of therapy not only leads to self-awareness, it also increases one's capacity to regulate difficult emotions, enjoy pleasant experiences, defuse from obsessive thinking, consciously shift destructive behaviors, and gain insight into the nature of one's self.
For those interested I offer guided meditations, as well practice instructions one can do on their own time to compliment and deepen our work together. If you have some sort of practice you already are doing, we can integrate that into our therapy.
Integral Developmental Coaching
Integral development --- much like a holistic perspective --- holds the view that we are complex beings who might excel in some areas, while neglecting others. By identifying both our leading and trailing edges of development, we can target what needs updating, as well as utilizing your strengths to support our work.
On top of this holistic orientation, it is clear that we develop from babies into adults, but not much is spoken about adult development. Despite often being overlooked, we continue to evolve in adulthood and start to have more complex perspectives of both self and world. As these transitions and transformations occur, certain challenges and capacities start to arise. This can be especially confusing for adults entering into territory that is beyond that of their culture. With this orientation, we can support your continued evolution through life.