Mental and Emotional Health for Social Change

I see you as the expert on you, and my role as an expert in healing.  I want our relationship to feel collaborative with your goals for therapy keeping the focus.  Part of a therapist's job is to see things about you that you don't see and guide you to a greater awareness with empathy and steadiness. 

Three lenses  inform my perspective of  how we are hurt and how we heal: attachment theory, neuroscience, and social justice.  Attachment theory is about how our behaviors are shaped by our early relationship with our caregivers and play out in our current relationships.  Each attachment style comes with it's own path for healing.  Neuroscience is quickly becoming the basis of psychology.  I find that clients love learning about how the brain works and brain science also guides how we heal.  An inter-sectional, social justice perspective integrates our personal truth with that of the larger world.  This helps pinpoint the sources of our pain and empowerment. 

My areas of expertise include:

  • Art Therapy - a tool of expression and healing. Externalizing overwhelming thoughts and feelings creates an image or object that provides insight and a sense of control.

  • Attachment Focused EMDR - Big "T" trauma, attachment trauma (relationship based trauma), and complex trauma (multiple big "T" traumas and attachment trauma)

  • Recent and childhood traumas - often resulting in struggles in relationships, patterns of behavior that get in the way and don't seem to change, or chronic post-traumatic stress symptoms

  • Depression - situational, chronic, menopausal

  • Anxiety - general, social, mood swings, phobias

  • Trans and gender non-conforming folks - including assessment and letters for surgery 

  • Relationship issues - understanding your and other's needs, communication, acceptance, strengthening connection

  • Transitions - job, relationship, loss, lifestyle

  • Social Justice issues - struggles of those who have experienced oppression in their lives, secondary traumatization, becoming culturally competent.

 

I work with teens and adults.

 

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