Humorous & Playful
Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs a good cry now and then and therapy can be heavy work, but it doesn’t always need to be dark, and it certainly shouldn’t be boring. How can we get enough distance from our suffering to look at things from a new perspective? Can we find any light within the darkness?
I do not hide my personality behind a “therapist mask.” I could not imagine going to a stodgy, stiff, and colorless therapist, and I have no intention of subjecting you to the one either.
Every single person that walks through my door needs something a little different from a therapist. My job is to attune to those differences and tailor therapy accordingly. My approach is not “cookie-cutter” in the slightest, but “custom-built,” for each individual/couple.
- Are you “left brained” and analytical? Great. We’ll do evidence-based solutions-focused therapies.
- More a “right brain” kind of person? Wonderful. Let’s explore through sand tray, art, movement, or dance therapies.
- LGBTIQ? No problem. Got a freaky lifestyle? Bring it!
Tuning into our bodies with mindfulness allows us to begin to access a “body wisdom”much deeper than anything our thoughts and ideas have to offer. My job as a therapist is to help you be kind to, support, nourish, and listen to what your body is saying.
Everything we experience is an embodied experience. Every action, emotion, and thought happens in and through the body. Traditional therapy tends to treat just our thoughts and emotions, leaving out our bodily experience, and perpetuating the body/mind split so endemic to our culture. I will include how your body is impacted by the things you struggle with.
- How does depression show up in your body?
- What does your anxiety actually feel like physically?
- When some trauma is triggered, how far “out of your body” do you go?
I will also include how your body can help you change.
- What does it feel like, physically, to be solid, stable and grounded?
- In what new way can you use your body-awareness to stay centered, even when all hell breaks loose around you?
- How can your body help you stay present when that thing that triggers you so much happens once again?