I have been in private practice for 16 years working with Complex-PTSD, Attachment Trauma and Dissociative Disorders.
My professional mission has been to help traumatized adults recover from the adverse childhood experiences that disrupted their lives. In my work, I consider my clients to be my most gifted teachers who teach me about trauma. I am dedicated to helping them heal, restore and reclaim their lives.
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).
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. Here I learned to assess attachment injuries and how specific therapeutic protocols could 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) for two years. I went on 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 and MBSR.
I am a life-long student of psyche, soma and soul, dedicated to exploring and integrating new approaches and neurobiological advances into therapeutic treatment for trauma and ptsd. The more I understand, the more assurance I have that what I do is helping my clients, which is very important to me. 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.
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