Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Registered Yoga Teacher: Yin, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga Instructor
I have been providing psychotherapeutic mental health and community support services to individuals, families, and youth since 2008. I have worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, shelters, non-profit organizations, schools, and mental health agencies. Through this work, I help clients to better understand themselves and create action plans to live the type of life that is desired.
When I first began practicing yoga, my intention was only to establish a physical practice. I was hoping for muscle strength, flexibility, and (in true honesty) a better-looking body. Yoga has proven its ability to do all of the above, but not only for my body! It did the same for my mind!
My connection with yoga has made me more aware of how it can be used for stress relief, connecting with my thoughts and feelings, managing anxiety and self-care. Many aspects of yoga done ‘on the mat’ translate to the work we do in our so-called ‘real lives’. It's mindful reflective practice has helped me to better connect to myself and reflect on who and how I am. It's amazing how connected the mind and body are. My hope is to help my clients better understand this connection and use it to their growing benefit.
My therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, empathetic and caring but straightforward. I collaborate with my clients to help create the space for change through problem solving, growth and introspection. I do not give advice, but rather guide you through a reflective process, acquiring new tools to help manage and building your capacity to be the person you want to be.
I can help you to better understand yourself and find meaningful ways to connect to the deep values that influence your everyday decisions. It is my passion to help you move through life with awareness and intention, rather than going through the motions.
Whether we chat about what’s bothering you or tackle it on the yoga mat, the goal here is the same:
Help you connect to what you value the most, even if you are unsure of what that is and bring those values to the forefront of your life.
If you are ready to dig deep and create change, contact me for a free consultation.
Theories and approaches I use
I am an integrative therapist, meaning: I integrate various theories and applications of psychology to effectively promote and assist others with healing and personal growth. The following theories and techniques are used regularly in my work with others.
This is the exploration of who you are and how aspects of your life are connected to your values, beliefs and daily living. Common themes I explore are birth order, parental influences, social contexts and sense of belonging.
We are all actors and actresses in our own full-length movie! And sometimes, our movies and storylines intertwine with the movies of others, thus influencing our decisions, anxieties, motivators, and behaviors. I will meet you where you are and help bring you into the present moment with empathetic, unconditional acceptance while you work through your difficulties.
Together, we will bring to your awareness how your relationships with your earliest caregiver(s) influence how you relate to others and how you view yourself. With this awareness, you can make highly informed decisions about the ways in which you interact or choose not to interact with others.
A very positive approach, believing that everything happens as it should while finding meaning in some of the situations and circumstances that challenge us the most. We will work to explore your desire to live more purposefully and with intention rather than mindlessly moving through your day-to-day responsibilities. Working with the power of intention can be very empowering!
The Gottman Method
An approach to couples' therapy using 7 principles that have been proven through research to yield results of greater connectivity and understanding in relationships. This is achieved through a variety of assessment activities and individual introspective processes.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
We will be: 1. Identifying what is most important to you in life , clarifying your values. 2. Identifying what is beyond your control and learning to accept it. 3. Committing to living the life you truly want and taking the ACTion steps to do so.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Ever wonder, “Why do I do that?” Then let’s look into how your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings are CONNECTED to your actions. Want to dive deeper? Sure we can! Talking through past experiences, we can uncover where those beliefs and thoughts came from in the first place! Then, as always, it's up to you what you would like to do with that information.
Play and Adolescent Therapy
Through play, I will work with your little ones and even your tweens and teens as we bring to light their thoughts and feelings in a playful, comfortable manner. I work with adolescents on decision making, communication, social connection skills, developing emotional intelligence, managing with mental health disorders, adolescent stress, gender and sexuality issues.
*Parent involvement is critical (and required) for my work with most adolescents unless deemed not appropriate by the client and/or myself.
Are you ready to dig deep into your mind and soul while increasing your flexibility and strength? You’d be surprised at the emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga! Let’s fold and stretch into a few asanas (poses) to let the energy flow and integrate the mind, body, and soul. Scientifically proven to decrease stress and relieve depression and anxiety. Just interested in moving the body while letting off a little steam? I gotcha for that too! Perfect one-on-one or in small groups.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (short-term)
You might not be interested in digging deep to uncover past experiences in childhood or that troubled relationship 4 years ago. You are more interested in alleviating symptoms, issues or discomfort related to a current situation. You want to problem solve, so that you can move forward. I can support you by helping provide emotional coping tools, resources, skills and motivation to help you feel positive and prepared enough to create the change you desire.