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.
To learn more about my philosophy and approach, visit my therapies page and/or read my recent articles.
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