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Our Work Together in Individual Therapy

As a therapist, I bring a unique combination of compassion, gentleness, and directness to the table, with a holistic, somatically-grounded, evidence-based perspective. We all have self-protective tendencies and fears that prevent us from facing our painful emotions, past wounds, and uncomfortable aspects of ourselves and from being vulnerable. I'll help you become aware of these tendencies and harness their natural strengths to help you heal, instead of attempting to brute force your way past them. Instead of being overwhelmed by negative emotions or shame, I'll help you approach healing from a place of calm and compassionate acceptance. Healing is a natural process, and by befriending every aspect of your experience with curiosity and compassion, we can unleash your inherent brilliance, aliveness, and wholeness to heal and change the way you relate to yourself, others, and your life. 

Maybe you are struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship problems, trauma, or confusion about the direction your life is going in, and your distress is preventing you from living a happy, whole, fulfilled life to your fullest potential. Maybe you've already tried years of therapy or alternative healing methods but still haven't found the relief you crave and feel hopeless. I get it, and I've been there. That's why I'm so passionate about what I do! Healing is possible, and I can help.

My approach is based on building a trusting, accepting relationship with the client and paying attention to the mind-body-spirit connection and exerpience in the present moment, along with the stories and cycling patterns of unwellness that run on autopilot in our minds. I am informed by how we view ourselves in relationship to others and how early experiences and attachments impact our present experience. As a trained IFS therapist, I am especially influenced by Internal Family Systems (IFS), depth psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. IFS is an evidence-based approach that helps you gently relate to all aspects of yourself and your experience, including those that cause pain and suffering, with compassion and curiosity, and that avoids emotional overwhelm and re-traumatization. It also helps you access your own natural inner wisdom, clarity, and wholeness to heal and live your best life, rather than relying on an external source for healing and the answers to your problems and questions. Together we can discover new ways of being, thriving, and living with purpose and happiness. 

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