I bring more than thirty years professional, clinical practice as a counselor and psychotherapist, my life experience, empathy, listening skills, and understanding into my work, helping young, mid-life, and older adults to heal from the difficulties and distress that brought them to my practice. My practice is built on a core belief that as humans, we have an innate capacity to heal, grow, and to live happier and more satisfying lives, regardless our background or current circumstances, and that belief is brought to life throughout our work.
I see myself as a guide, listener, coach, and companion on your internal and external journey toward healing, and the life you want. To that end, I also provide a peaceful, and relaxing therapeutic setting ~ a place where it feels safe to express thoughts and feelings about what is painful, confusing, or difficult. Professionally, I find nothing more rewarding than helping my clients moving out of the shadow of past or recent distress, and into the light of hope and positive view of themselves in the present, generalizing into the future.
As a therapist, with respect for the uniqueness of your life experience and hardships, I use a variety of therapy methods, carefully tailored to your past and current circumstances, the nature of your struggles and concerns, and to the stage in which you are in therapy.
My basic therapeutic foundation has its roots in Psychodynamic-Humanistic therapy, and Family Systems theory. I integrate a variety of therapy methods into my work, such as: EMDR, Emotion Focused Therapy, Process-Experiential, Ego-State work, and Mindful Cognitive-Behavioral techniques. To help my clients to regulate emotions, and to decrease stress, tension, and anxiety, I also teach relaxation practices, somatic methods, and breath work. Additionally, I use guided imagery practices for nurturing and to build and strengthen internal resources.
PRIMARY FOCUS OF MY PRACTICE:
ANXIETY ~ DEPRESSION ~EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
Therapy will help you to identify, experience, explore, make sense of, and manage your emotions, to become more able to tolerate your feelings instead of avoiding them, to learn how to relax your mind and your body, and to become more mindful of what your emotions and body sensations are telling you about your needs, goals, and concerns. Emotional distress may show itself as: depression, eating disturbances, constant worry and stress, fear, low self-esteem and self-worth, relational difficulties, negative self-talk, panic attacks, or phobias.
CHILDHOOD TRAUMA ~ TRAUMA IN ADULTHOOD
Healing the impact of childhood trauma (neglect, sexual, emotional, verbal, or physical abuse), and adult traumatic experiences such as: accidents, medical procedures, witnessing violence, sexual assault, or inappropriate touch from authority figures. The lingering emotional effects may appear as anxiety, constant worry, sleep disturbances, depression, dissociation, relationship difficulties, problems with attachment, intimacy or trust, and dislike of self.
DIFFICULT LIFE TRANSITIONS ~ GRIEF
Exploring and processing the changes and loss that may have filled you with emptiness, fear, sadness, anger, loss of direction in life, and a sense of having “no-way-out,” together with an empathic, respectful and attuned therapist, will help you to move through the different facets of grief and mourning. The sources of difficulties can come from life changing events like: chronic illness, surgeries, medical procedures, family illness, divorce and break-ups, death of a loved one, betrayal, aging, job changes, geographical move, or retirement.
DISORDERED EATING ~ ADDICTION ~ ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS
In therapy, you will learn how to be better cared for by yourself, when issues with food, binge eating, weight, or body image has become a source of emotional distress, or when mood altering chemicals and other addictive/compulsive behaviors keep you hostage, and provide emotional pain instead of pleasure, anxiety instead of relaxation, isolation instead of connection, broken dreams instead of reaching your goals, or loss of important relationships instead of closeness and intimacy.