I have been in private practice for 16 years helping people who need professional support to explore, overcome, face, or cope differently with life situations that affect them, their lives and the people around them.
I work with numerous issues and concerns and have specialized training in helping people suffering from PTSD, Complex-PTSD, Attachment Trauma, Dissociative Disorders and Loss and Grief.
My professional mission as a psychotherapist has been to guide my clients across the chasm of trauma to repair the experiences that disrupted their childhood, along with all the personal distress that is impacting their adult lives.
The approach in my work is a gentle, multidimensional, integrative, strengths-based, client-centered approach that has been developing over the past 20 years, to treat both trauma and attachment wounds of the past, while simultaneously staying grounded and centered in the present time.
I'm very dedicated to learning and ongoing continual growth that reflects innovative advances in psychotherapy, neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, while also enhanced by my clients who are courageously transforming their lives. They have been my most gifted teachers.
My background includes both formal psychotherapeutic training, body psychotherapy training and specialized trauma-focused training, along with in-depth study and practice of Eastern mindfulness (meditation and yoga) and holistic healing tools.
My clinical internship focused on parent/infant psychotherapy and working with children with prenatal, birth and attachment trauma from the earliest weeks and years of their lives. I learned to assess attachment injuries and specific therapeutic protocols to repattern bonding and attachment with babies, children, families, and adults. This was a significant part of my early clinical training which continues to inform my work.
I began post-graduate training in 1999 in a dynamic, body-centered method focused on reconciling intergenerational trauma called Somatic Archaeology.™ After becoming certified in SA, I began teaching with Ruby Gibson, the developer of this method, at Naropa University (Exploring and Healing Body Memory). I continued to study and train in a variety of other psychotherapy methods, including; Gestalt Therapy, Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP), EMDR, Brainspotting (BSP), Lifespan Integration, Somatic Experiencing for Eating Disorders, Ego Parts/Mode Work, IFS, DBT, Trauma-informed CBT, and MBSR.
I consider myself a lifelong learner and an avid explorer of psyche, soma and soul. The more I understand, the more assurance I have that what I do is helping my clients. I've been in clinical supervision for 16 years and attend yearly professional conferences, workshops and trainings.
I have a strong interest in transpersonal psychology, in the context of psycho/spiritual development using transformational healing tools, such as MBSR, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), trauma-sensitive and attachment-based yoga, sound and breathwork, therapeutic essential oils and Bach remedies.
I love to spend quality time with my daughter and I enjoy cooking with friends, reading, the arts, being in nature and hiking in the foothills.
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