My therapeutic practice is done through the lens of Somatic Psychotherapy, and is a blend of Accelerated, Experiential, Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)– a relational model that helps clients identify vital processes of connection, balance, and strengths in relationship to themselves and others – and Formative Psychology, a method of engagement with how the body is organizing itself in response to its environement, as a way to gain greater influence of how we can consciously respond – instead of merely react, to our life and our relationships.
Somatic Psychotherapy as a whole is a relational model of psychotherapy that works from the “bottom-up” instead of “top-down” in how it addresses the symptoms, behaviors, thoughts, or problems that a client is needing support around. Bottom-up models privaledge the sense of the self as a whole bodied, interconnected system of thoughts, feelings, energy, movement patterns, and bodily organizations that are a collective of our histories and are then how we face our present lives. For example, interventions expore how moving and holding ourselves differently then leads to feeling and perceiving, behaving and even speaking differently. This is in contrast to “top-down” models that focus on the thoughts or perceptions and aim to change those from the top-down as a way to help a person feel differently. Without changing our awareness of how our body is organizing to meet our environment, top-down models can only go so far. Our bodies are complex systems of drives and organizations, and Somatic Psychotherapy seeks to befriend the various signals we get and learn from them – learning what and how to listen, and also the discernment of what may be something to negotiate with or hold with a more expanded sense of self. This is important in healing trauma, relational attachment wounds, and re-creating self stories that are meant to protect but tend to disconnect us from what we truly want. To know more about Somatic Psychotherapy, click here. I find it to be a very powerful method if you are ready to engage and influence what has been, and are looking for what can be possible in your life.
My work is rooted in a deep faith that, with bodily awareness, our lives become vitally important and our relationships rich with freedom and possibility. I have found that it is in relationship with someone who can help us see and sense ourselves, that we can grow a sense of strength that is then a source of navigation throughout the rest of our lives. This is anchored as a felt sense, something to return to – a practice of presence and engagement so that perhaps what is difficult can be softened into – or what was once experienced as too much, was all the while, worth discovering if approached in a way that was respectful and honoring of its power.
- Struggle with intimacy
- Have fear or resistance to physical contact
- Have been (or are in) abusive relationships
- Want to build healthy boundaries
- Experience anxiety, panic or overwhelm
- Feel isolated or mistrustful
- Feel disconnected from yourself or others
- Want a healthy relationship with your body or feelings
- Want to deepen your intimate relationship
- Want to have ways to navigate conflicts with more awareness and ability to communicate clearly
Our work together will be unique to the constellations of cultural, religious, and gendered, embodied realities that you live with – I welcome anyone who has an interest in developing a relationship with their life as if it mattered to them. Even more, I am excited to support you in living a life that allows you the freedom to feel and experience it, find what creates pleasure and purpose, and heals any brokenness in relationship so to return to how you came into life- in connection to another living body.
- Sensory awareness
- Ways of engaging in how your body moves as a way to listen to how you may be feeling or thinking
- Communication skills – Learning how to be present and speak ; nonharming language; growing through risks in honesty in a safe relationship – ruptures and repairs in connection with others are part of healthy communication.
- Relational work together, at a pace and with respect to your unique way of learning how you are in relationship
- Internal parts work – exploring and challenging core beliefs that may be working against you. Renegotiation and reorganization of who is driving you where in your life.
- Slowing things down so to integrate resources and learning, and practice the recogniztion of yourself as you develop and find how you operate, especially as you free yourself to make the changes that you want right now
- Accelerated, Experiential, Dynamic, Psychotherapy (AEDP). You can read more about this method in the article, “The Importance of the Therapeutic Relationship“.