The services I offer have been shaped by the experiences that have contributed to my own growth and healing. I believe the relationship between client and therapist is paramount. Most of our wounding comes through relationship; therefore it takes a healthy strong relationship to heal these wounds and teach us new ways of relating.
The mind can be a great asset as well as an incredible obstruction to healing. Given this, I incorporate cognitive behavioral work with mindfulness and body-centered approaches. At times, we need to step outside the mind’s preconceptions and defenses to access the core of the issue. The body is a powerful avenue to the core, and mindfulness helps us tune in to the body.
Finally, I draw on my studies of spirituality and religion in my work with people, having witnessed that the spiritual aspects of our beings often get wounded as we experience life’s journey. I believe the transpersonal or spiritual aspect of our being is essential to our healing. My style works with the body, mind, emotions, and spirit to find integration and healing.
Part of my spiritual exploration has been about understanding the masculine and feminine aspects of being human. My journey has led me to integrate both the masculine and feminine into my being, giving me the ability to live from a two-spirited place. In the Native American tradition, two-spirited persons are revered as powerful visionaries because they are said to be able to see with two perspectives—the male and the female. I bring this two-spirited perspective to my work as needed.