For as far back as I can remember I've been interested in introspection, in what goes on beneath the surface in myself and others. I've always been fascinated by relationships and understanding why and how people do what they do. I enjoy connecting with people and talking about deep things. Being a therapist is my calling. Helping people connect with themselves and experience deeper intimacy with themselves just moves me to the core. It brings me great joy to witness and support clients as they transform and become the confident empowered beings they are meant to be.
Through years of my own practice I have discovered that beneath all the layers of doing, feeling, thinking and sensing there exists an aspect of the self that is a vast resource of grounding and support. This is the authentic part of us, underlying the ego/personality that I call the essential self. When we consciously connect to this essential self within, we can see more clearly through our personality, the feelings, the thoughts, the habits, the patterns, the stories and the distractions. In so doing we drop into a vast space of grounding and support, into clear seeing, open-heartedness and from here we can have the objectively necessary to create the changes we long for.
I earned my graduate degree in Integral Counseling Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies in 1999 and have been working with clients ever since. I am licensed in California as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT #41004). I practice Somatically oriented Psychotherapy. My toolbag includes Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic exercises, Mindfulness practices, The Enneagram (a wonderful tool for developing self awareness), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective treatment for healing trauma and working with PTSD.
I’m a very directive and engaged practitioner. I will guide you into practices that will help you deepen into your experience, get into the here and now and connect with yourself. I will show you how to turn toward yourself in a loving, constructive way, while also showing you how to turn away from negative repetitive thinking, so that you can have a more authentic experience of yourself. I will teach you healthy communication in relationship that invites your partner toward you, rather than making them defensive and turn away. I will help you develop awareness, so that you engage the objectivity necessary to create change. I will help you heal past hurts, so that you can be present in your life. When you can connect with your self in this way, transformation happens.
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