I used to spend a lot of time in my head. When faced with a challenge, I relied on intellect and tried to understand the situation as thoroughly as possible. I thought if I understood the concept of "emotions," I wouldn't have to feel my own when they got messy or confusing.
It took me a while to discover that the human condition can't be solved like a calculus problem.
Today, I understand that deep change and healing happens not only in our heads but also in our hearts and bodies. I use somatic and relational modalities to help my clients get in touch with their inner wisdom and rewrite old patterns that are getting in their way. My goal is for people to feel safer in their own skin and to relate to themselves in kinder, more compassionate ways.
I put my old "thinking bias" to good work by staying up on the latest research, especially what we are learning about the brain and the impacts of trauma. I also tailor my approach to each client, carefully considering the unique constellation of factors that creates their experience. Some of my favorite approaches include EMDR and sensorimotor psychotherapy.
Most importantly, I believe that change happens in relationship. Being part of someone's healing journey is one of the biggest honors around.
I have experience working in outpatient clinics, residential programs, and hospitals. When I'm not working, I love to write short stories, ski in the backcountry, and drink lots of coffee.