My Approach

My Approach and Philosophy

Couple SculptureMy training in psychotherapy, family systems theory, and EMDR are the foundation of my work with clients.

My practice includes a holistic approach to psychotherapy, integrating a mind-body perspective. Both the body and mind hold the memory of our experience, and influence whom we become. Our history shapes our biology and biography. Our past becomes our present. When couples enter into relationship or marriage, their family, history, and individual personalities join. Understanding how this tapestry weaves together promotes the opportunity for new awareness, consciousness, and healing. Understanding symptoms helps to develop new patterns of interaction that are more adaptive, providing more balance, and satisfaction in the relationship and living. This philosophy holds true for couples or persons who chose to do their own individual work.

My experience of the healing process has been similar to your own. As a clinician, I am there to support you on your journey, and create an opportunity for you to transform your limiting beliefs, into more adaptive living. The work is collaborative. I am there to join with you on common ground as an equal to facilitate the process. The relationship is based on my integrity and your trust in me.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that is researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma, both large and small. When a person is very upset, the brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily, unless there is support in working through the difficulty at the time. Moments can be “frozen in time.” When they get triggered, they may feel as uncomfortable as going through them the first time. EMDR targets the emotional, physical sensations and beliefs that were there at the time of the original event. Reprocessing makes for a more adaptive resolution, and the experience is remembered in a less distressing way.

Ego State Work examines one’s internal family system, and the parts that make up the personality of the individual self. When we say “part of me wants…”, we are talking about an ego state. We have adult parts, child parts, and parental parts, to name a few. How these parts work together is looked at to help resolve individual, internal conflict, and consequently improve the patterns of interaction, and quality of the couple relationship.

Stress Management and the Healing Arts

Buddha StatueThe healing arts are integrated into my practice to provide clients a way of feeling safe and relaxed in session, and offered as a useful resource, to be utilized when you are out there, living in the world. I teach techniques, that when practiced over time, can provide health benefits.

  • Meditation, guided imagery and breathing techniques provide relaxation, and an increased sense of physical and emotional well-being. In meditation you concentrate your attention and awareness in a passive way, while letting go of your thoughts, and emptying your mind. In guided imagery you are lead with specific words, symbols, and ideas to elicit a positive response.
  • REIKI is a Japanese healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that unseen energy flows through us and is our life force. When your energy is low, you are more prone to illness and stress. By means of touch, a REIKI practitioner can activate the natural healing processes of the body, and restore physical and emotional well-being.

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