“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.”
I’m often asked what types of treatment I use during my therapy sessions and what can I expect.
I am a firm believer that there is no one-size-fits all approach to treatment. However, I do combine traditional approaches with other modalities to help individuals connect with every part of themselves in a new, healing way.
Therapy session can take place either face-to-face, over the phone or via Skype (or similar service). Providing flexibility is important so that we can keep continuity of treatment and consistency of scheduling. The key is that we provide you with the opportunity to develop your path from challenges toward purpose.
It is important to instill a sense of safety throughout the process to support genuine healing. Instilling safety begins by establishing professional boundaries and a clear sense of your inner experience. I will help you regulate and manage your feelings so that you can begin to trust yourself and experience the body as a resource of comfort and empowerment, rather than a warehouse of painful memories.
I treat people who are willing and ready to make big changes in their life. If your life isn’t aligned with your vision, I will help you unlock your innate capacities for well-being and happiness. I’ll work with you to identify road blocks, patterns and behaviors that keep you from living your life. I help people who are struggling with their own personal development and those who are experiencing trouble in their relationships.
Neuroscience tells us that unresolved life experiences are stored in the body as constricted energy. Traumatic experiences, loss, emotions and even negative thought patterns are held in the body and can manifest as pain, tightness, discomfort, and emotional symptoms.
Somatic therapies are body-centered approaches that facilitate the release of constricted energy. We connect with the body as another way to access what might be happening within us to feel less tension, and stress and greater aliveness and ease.
We discover new possibility for growth and awareness.
The somatic modalities help individuals by increasing body awareness and increasing tolerance of difficult sensations. We learn to allow difficult experiences as well as the urge not to feel. Our bodies hold emotion- our minds create a narrative about feelings–when you tend to the bodily sensations it helps unbind the constricted energy, and makes you feel lighter and more at ease. By focusing directly on the body we can access emotion which often affects greater healing than using other methods alone. When we take the time to check in with our bodies, we discover how to connect more readily with our feelings and be more present with our direct experiences.
Even when symptoms seem unrelated, body-centered approaches can help you identify stress and even release bound up energy in the body by orienting you toward your inherent capacity to heal – further empowering you to allow sensations and feel more at ease in your own body.
Feedback and discussion are essential, so that you are able to remain present to the process and whatever issues arise.
As your therapist, my role is to remain present and supportive while providing a safe, comfortable environment for you to explore whatever sensations and feelings you experience.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a technique originally used to alleviate distress associated with trauma and disturbing life experiences, is now also be helpful for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress or other emotional issues. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation – stimuli that employs visual, auditory or tactile left to right rhythmic pattern – to heal the mind from psychological trauma faster than other models of therapy by helping activate their own natural healing processes.
Discovered by Francine Shapiro, PhD, EMDR works by having a person focus on a distressing situation or feelings while concentrating on bilateral stimulation. The effect? Distressing sensations are quickly reduced in the present moment leaving you better able to process whatever feelings come up.
By reintegrating the traumatic experience in this way, your natural fight or flight instincts are reduced, you feel more ease, get better sleep and simply feel more relaxed. EMDR also helps you release your painful memory from your thoughts, allowing you to gain distance and insight into the situation.
EMDR is effective for anyone who has experienced significant trauma looking to gain self-regulating skills that trigger your own healing process.
Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT, is a highly effective treatment method for helping couples improve their relationship and remove obstacles to clear, supportive communication. Rooted in the theory that attachment between two people provides a safe haven of security and comfort, we’ll work to identify points of distress and create a road-map to foster a secure bond between partners.
When either partner senses that there is a distance or rift in attachment, the brain perceives it as a “danger”. By providing a safe and respectful structure, EFT allows couples to work collaboratively to alleviate stress in a relationship and improve attachment.
Research has shown that 70-75% of couples undergoing EFT therapy successfully move from distress to ease and couples experience a 90% improvement in their relationship through EFT therapy. Although short in nature – couples usually attend between 8 and 20 sessions, EFT has excellent long-term success.
Couples Intensive: I offer a two-day intensive for couples looking to improve their relationship. Using the EFT model, this intensive is an opportunity for couples who are looking for a focused treatment or want to progress quickly in their work together. I will work directly with you as a couple for a period of 8 hours each day over the course of two days. To inquire about scheduling, please fill out my contact form.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on solutions and encourages patients to challenge distorted thinking while changing destructive patterns of behavior. Short-term and goal oriented, CBT takes a hands-on approach to making you feel better. Rather than diving into your prior family or personal history, CBT provides you with tools to change attitudes and behaviors by challenging beliefs, images or thoughts that have held you back from living life fully.
Behind the theory of CBT is this notion that it is not the events of our life that disrupt our joy, but rather the negative meanings we give them. When our thoughts become deeply negative they distort our ability to see the truth and making real change. You end up in a downward spiral without being aware of what happened. CBT provides you with a way to break free from the negative cycle and shift your perspective.
Highly effective for a variety of symptoms, CBT is excellent for treating anxiety, PTSD, depression and eating disorders. It can also be a helpful tool for anyone looking to gain tools to manage stressful situations.
Trauma Informed Yoga and Yoga Therapy
Designed to heighten body awareness and release tension, reduce and control fear and tolerate uncomfortable sensations, yoga therapy effectively helps you feel more centered and comfortable. Aimed at improving self-regulation by gaining comfort with your own body, yoga therapy helps you notice what is happening in your body so you can remain present without reacting, ultimately stored releasing tension.
Breath awareness helps you experience what it feels to be in the moment and regulate, thus changing the relationship with the sensations, feelings and emotions. Increasing mindfulness and calming your nervous system, yoga therapy is a movement-based therapy that can help people who might have a hard time remaining still in their own bodies.
It also helps individuals who have experienced trauma to shift their focus away from judgment and pain to passion and curiosity. Instead of feeling the pressure to simply get over it or feel happy all the time, you can shift to being more accepting of where you are and apply techniques that discharges the discomfort. Again, this mode of therapy is all about teaching you to feel more empowered on your own and promote self-healing.
Trauma Informed Yoga or Yoga Therapy can be effective for anyone who has experienced trauma, has anxiety or panic or is looking to gain self-regulating skills that trigger your own healing process.
Guiding you to discover the answers you need to take action or move forward with your life, life coaching provides you with practical skills to achieve your desired goals. Helping you gain awareness and a deeper understanding of how your choices impact your life, you learn practical skills and tools to get you moving. Discover how to overcome limiting beliefs that keep you stuck in your current situation. Let go of self-sabotage and the countless things that sap your energy, limit joy and keep you from achieving the success you’ve been looking for.
Unlike therapy, life coaching is perfect for anyone looking to gain clarity or discover how to move into a different phase of life. Sometimes we can’t seem to cross that last hurdle that stands in our way and life coaching can provide that push. We’ll work together to move you forward by providing appropriate accountability and structure for you to make new choices, take responsibility and live the life you’ve been looking for.
Life Coaching can be effective for anyone who is generally functioning in his or her life, but would like additional support to gain clarity, reduce stress and needs accountability to take action. Life coaching is a collaborative effort and requires active participation from the client.