It is both an act of kindness towards yourself as well as a resource, a place for healing, a journey towards wellness, a dissolution of the old and an initiation into the new.
It is a deeply personal process, alchemical in nature and ultimately transformative that relies on several vital ingredients: willingness, desire, and commitment.
With support, psychotherapy offers us the chance to shed the layers that protect us in the world and allow our most free self to emerge. The courage to turn towards our own truth can evoke both ecstasy and fear. Yet a universal longing for freedom persists. Whether the urge for change is a gentle nudge or a surging force, something grand compels us to listen. And while you seek the healing for which your soul yearns, I will be at your side, guide and witness.
My Approach to psychotherapy includes:
Psychoanalytic and Jungian Theories: This means that I value the material offered by the unconscious through dream, image, symbol, and somatic or body expressions. Our manifest behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and values are informed by our dynamic and ever changing unconscious. Through compassionate attention we will bring what lies just outside of awareness to the center of our work for exploration and transformation.
Somatic Approaches: Psyche (soul) and Soma (body) are inseparable. What happens in our inner landscape is also happening to our bodies. Sometimes we have no words for the experiences we are having and sensations or a felt sense of the body's experience can guide us back to our wisdom. I have specific training in the techniques of EMDR as well as various mindfulness and somatic based approaches to healing. Together we will listen closely to your distress and seek the innate wisdom present to heal.
Social Justice Theories and Movements: Wounding from societal oppressions, traumatic events, creative and spiritual struggles, or the search for meaning can often manifest in such symptoms as depression, anxiety, challenges with body image, addictions, or relationship struggles. I approach these struggles as expressions from the psyche longing to be heard and find relief. Wounding from societal oppressions, traumatic events, creative and spiritual struggles, or the search for meaning can often manifest in such symptoms as depression, anxiety, challenges with body image, addictions, or relationship struggles. I welcome all aspects of your intersectional identities and am experienced and able to explore the impact of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression.
We seek not rest but transformation. We are dancing through each other as doorways. ~Marge Piercy