I am trained as a somatic (body centered) therapist and feel that the body is a treasure trove of information if we can slow down and listen to it. I use breath work, sensory awareness, mindfulness and movement as some of my tools to deepen our work together. I work holistically, taking into consideration your relationship with your body, including personal history with exercise, food, sleep and sexuality.
The relationship that you and I form can be a model for your interactions outside the consulting room. As we work together, we will have an opportunity to explore your other relationships and notice if they are supportive and constructive. Engaging in a relational therapeutic process can help you develop an understanding of yourself so that you are better able to experience psychological well-being and create the positive relationships you want in your life.
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT
We all grow in the context of the culture we live in: family culture, community culture, national and global culture. All these influences have a profound impact on how we see ourselves and how we see the world around us. In our work together we may want to explore the ways these cultural constructs have affected you.
Though Buddhism and Buddhist psychology inform my work, I work with clients from all religious and spiritual backgrounds and perspectives, and welcome everyone from those who are curious about their own relationship to spiritual matters, to atheists, to people with an already developed spiritual practice.
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
– Pema Chödrön