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APPROACHES TO THERAPY
People often come to me sensing there is more to life than what they are experiencing. They have a sense there is more to know, understand and feel about their life than a mere existence filled with problems to overcome. They come desiring fulfillment in their life and freedom from the things that inhibit that.
Viewing life as a personal journey to be explored is the driving force that moves my clients forward to a more meaningful existence. Finding meaning in life is primary to feeling life is worthwhile and valuable. From our work, it is my hope that you learn to notice, understand and appreciate the intimate connections—the ‘synchronicities’ in your life-the evidence that you matter.
Highly Sensitive People, Empaths and Intuitives
“It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so deeply.”
Being more highly attuned can make life feel confusing and overwhelming. Deep feelers often feel overwhelmed by the world around them. Rather than receive nurturance to cultivate their gifts, more often, they have received judgment and criticism for their sensitivities. Self esteem is affected and trust in one’s emotional compass becomes compromised.
Highly Sensitive People
HSP’s have difficulty screening out stimuli making focusing difficult and situations overwhelming and that takes a toll on the emotions. For an HSP sensitivity impacts all aspects of life. Food texture intolerance impacts proper nutrition, getting sick more often leads to decreased energy, uncontrollable crying as a response to sensory overload leads to social anxiety, overthinking creates anxiety and feeling misunderstood leads to self doubt. No wonder HSP’s are left feeling exhausted. In general, it is the overdriven nervous system that leaves HSP’s feeling perpetually exhausted. It is imperative that HSP’s know how to regulate themselves and their sensitivities to lead a healthy life.
More than just feeling for others, empaths actually feel what others are feeling making it difficult to discern one’s own emotions from what others are feeling. Reacting to unclear boundaries, empaths often take responsibility for others feelings and try to fix them. Relationships become difficult to manage and blurred emotional boundaries often lead to codependency. Learning to identify and separate ones own feelings from others is necessary for emotional wellbeing.
Intuitive people are sensitive to the patterns in their surroundings. They possess a sixth sense – an unconscious connection to the more subtle signals from the environment about the future or a kind of internal knowing if something or someone is good or not. This can be challenging to navigate and trust in by society. Lack of support can often render an Intuit’s feelings and insights unappreciated, unsupported and misunderstood. It’s important for Intuits to have people to process their experiences with and learn ways to embrace and cultivate their gifts.
All of these sensitivities require special attention to flourish. Talk therapy, journaling, meditation, mindfulness, somatic work (body-oriented), yoga, creativity, and energy work (Reiki) are ways in which sensitives can attend and nurture themselves.
Virtual Therapy Sessions:
Online therapy sessions for current times
During our current state of disconnection, you may be feeling isolated and alone. When the support you relied on becomes limited and less accessible your ability to cope is negatively impacted. Old habits, fears, and insecurities may be returning leaving you feeling even more alone. But you don’t have to go at this alone. Online therapy can be a valuable alternative to traditional face to face meetings. In addition to talk therapy, I offer online EMDR, virtual Trauma Sensitive Yoga and distant Reiki healing. With the added convenience, portability and flexibility, the security and ease of virtual therapy gives you access to receive support and maintain continuity in your therapy.
Inner Child Healing:
Listening to the wisdom of your inner child
For many adults, the inner child has been denied or long forgotten. The innocent wonder, playfulness, and access to simple joy have been ridiculed and replaced by responsibilities, goals, and worries. Many people have experienced trauma early in life and when left either unknown or unhealed it is not the adult self that directs their life, but rather, the unconscious, emotionally wounded inner child. The inner child gets repeatedly hurt as she holds our accumulated hurts, traumas, fears and anger. But, the good news is you can learn to travel and explore your adult life while holding the hand of your inner child. Traveling together allows you to accept the painful past while also taking responsibility for the care of your inner child’s needs. By learning to live with your inner child, a reconciliation between your inner child and mature adult can be reached. A new relationship can be created in which the inner child feels important and the adult self feels whole and complete.
Eating Disorders and Body Image:
It’s not about the food, it’s about YOU
As a therapist in recovery from an eating disorder, I have personally experienced the powerful impact my relationship with my therapist has been on my recovery. The kindness, patience, genuine interest, constant and continuous encouragement and patience was necessary as I learned to have a new relationship with food and my body. Eating disorders are painfully destructive attempts to cope with those troubled relationships in life, be it with oneself or with others and they are empty in their promise to guarantee one’s control over anything. They are damaging and can destroy an entire life. They are relentless and unforgiving to the person who suffers. Eating Disorders are a result misguided coping strategies to deal with life’s challenges and disappointments. If you find yourself preoccupied with food or with your body’s appearance, therapy can help address the complex underlying psychological, interpersonal, genetic, social and spiritual issues that lead to disordered eating and obsession with controlling one’s body.
Whole Body Approaches: EMDR, Brainspotting, Somatic Body Work
We recover when we become familiar with & befriend the sensations in our bodies.
The mind, body, spirit, and emotions are all connected. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic (body-focused therapy) and Brainspotting are powerful ways of working through past wounds, traumas and those emotional stuck places within our bodies. Emotional and traumatic events affect the nervous system and impact our sense of internal safety. Through developing awareness of the mind-body connection, somatic techniques help release the stuck emotions held in the body.
The best part of your story is when it changes
Difficult life transitions are one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. Life transitions can be difficult because they require us to surrender old paths that no longer lead to fulfillment. They present new opportunities for growth in our relationships with ourselves, with others and the world. Self-reflection, discovering new parts of ourselves and creating a new more effective and satisfying path is the way to move through a transition. My role is to help you better understand and respond to your needs during this time.
Therapy helps you to thrive beyond the confusion, pain and growth pains while healing the grief that often accompanies change. It helps you to identify the choices you are making and offers you the necessary encouragement you need to take action on the decisions that will create a new life that continues to nourish and nurture you.
Depression/Anxiety/Self Worth & Shame:
Your Problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.
At the heart of emotional suffering is the experience of a severed belonging, of being imprisoned in the internal pain of separation, unworthiness, unlovability, and hopelessness. When trapped in trance, being fearful and bad seems to define who you are. To heal, you must develop inner resources, become energized from within, be freed from the rumination and be reminded that you are more than your thoughts and emotional states.
Becoming aware of how unconscious patterns of thought, assumptions, perceptions, beliefs, and choices are driving the trance is necessary for emotional healing to happen. Attending to your emotions with an attitude of nonjudgmental curiosity and acceptance rather than resistance and fear is the remedy for the sad, anxious soul.
Mindfulness & Spiritual Connection/Exploration:
The quieter you become, the more you can hear
Often, our attempts to relieve our troubles only lead us to frustration us as we find only momentary and fleeting relief. This is often when people look to a deeper connection for understanding and direction. Though many people recognize the value of having a spiritual component in their life, they don’t know how to cultivate it and struggle with conflicting beliefs. Many have experienced religious or spiritual damage and are left confused by messages or traditions that do not affirm them. No matter what it looks like for each of us we are always connected with the spirit, the True Self, of what and who we are.
Synchronicity is the chances, the happenstances and the coincidences that guide your opportunities. It is the connections that bind us together to make things change. Alone, it’s tough to embrace your intuition and the mystery of the unknown and it’s amazing how many synchronicities come your way once you start following your passion in life.
Spiritual exploration is about awakening to the illusion of separateness. Real change comes about through inner work when you attend to the soul and discover who you really are. Only then can you realize your innate capacity for wholeness. Spiritual psychotherapy/healing reveals a new understanding of what it is to know yourself and really change.
Do you have questions? Let’s schedule a time to talk.
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