Mindful Counseling for Complex Trauma: Anxiety, Shame, Stuckness
Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain.
But you have already borne the pain.
What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain.
Philosophy and Approach
I view growth as an internalized sense of wholeness found through the integration of conflicting parts. Providing for the needs of each separate part often relaxes long held defenses, releasing your own natural ability to choose your place in this life. Attention to relationship and attachment allows you space to safely test assumptions, gradually finding points of comfortable connection with self, others, and the universe — in whatever way feels most natural to you. In this journey, counseling serves to reveal and embolden your most natural, authentic self in relationship to the rest of humanity.
I employ a patient and accepting mindful-holistic approach to ‘make visible’ the patterns in your body and your life. Everything that makes you YOU is a natural adaptation to your experience in your body throughout this lifetime. In this awareness-based therapy, some of the changes that typically become possible include increased self-acceptance, a greater sense of freedom and control in relationships and life, and the reintegration of aspects of self that have ‘shut down’ in response to negative experience. This approach often aids in regulation of the nervous system — decreasing both anxiety and depression while stripping away personal identification with past pain and wounding. Using this method, you and I work collaboratively to awaken your sense of identity and purpose. In exploring your unique organization of experience, we often find opportunities to deliver corrective experience, directly influencing the core beliefs, meanings, and strategies that compete to run your life.
The paradox is that the more one tries to be who one is not,
the more one stays the same.
~Gestalt’s Paradoxical Theory of Change
My training and specialization revolve around complex trauma from childhood abuse/neglect, specifically misuse of power by an adult resulting in later life relationship challenges, social shame, ongoing expectation of oppression and/or abandonment, and often a state of ‘freeze’ or ‘stuckness’ in body and in life. I work with you to recognize and feel internal resources and strategies, finding effective ways to meet your needs while navigating a complex variety of internal and external systems.
Education and Training
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Institute Portland 9/2015-1/2016)
- Hakomi Method of Body-Centered Psychotherapy (M.E.T.A. Portland 2012-2013)
- A Unified Approach to Trauma Work (M.E.T.A. Portland 2012 / Manuela Mischke-Reeds)
- Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Community Counseling (Lewis & Clark College 2009-2012)
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Portland State University 2006-2009)
- Bachelor of Science in Social Science (Portland State University 2006-2009)