I work from an empowerment model. My goal is to teach clients new ways of perceiving their problem, healthy coping behaviors for responding to their problem, and healthy attitudes & communication skills for working with their families, partners, or work environment so they can make changes in their own life.
I work from an empowerment model. My goal is to teach clients new ways of perceiving their problem, healthy coping behaviors for responding to their problem, and healthy attitudes & communication skills for working with their families, partners, or work environment so they can make changes in their own life
I am an oppression-sensitive therapist. I take into account my client's strengths, work from a mutual respect model, and recognize that a person's gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, race, religion, and health, all impact how he or she perceives and experiences an issue.
When working with couples and relationship issues, I prefer the"Gottman Method"- a scientifically-based marital therapy that is highly interactive, educational, challenging . . . and couples often discover that counseling can be very reviving! Using a compassionate and direct approach, I help couples recognize their strengths as they learn to repair old hurts, rebuild their friendship, and deepen their connection.
CERTIFIED Lifespan Integration, although only one of many my tools, has been received with an incredibly positive impact by clients. LI is a gentle, body-based therapeutic method which heals without re-traumatizing. LI therapy facilitates rapid healing in people of all ages, and is effective with a wide range of therapeutic issues; especially trauma, complex or accumulated trauma, and lifelong patterns that impact you today and impede your ability to break old patterns that don’t serve you well or worse: cause you to recreate or relive similar experiences, especially when you are most vulnerable
Lifespan Integration relies on the innate ability of the body-mind to heal itself. LI is body-based, and combines active imagination, the juxtaposition of ego states in time, and a visual time line of memories to facilitate neural integration and rapid healing. During the integrating phase of the protocol, the client ‘views’ a memory image for each year of his or her life. The Lifespan Integration technique causes memories to surface spontaneously, and because of how memories are held neurologically, each memory which surfaces is related to the emotional theme or issue being targeted. The resulting panoramic view of the client’s life gives the client new insights about lifelong patterns resultant from the past trauma.
Lifespan Integration is also very effective in the healing of various attachment disorders. This is accomplished through imaginally ‘re-writing’ and ‘re-living’ the early conditions, and integrating the new (positive) feeling states which are generated in the client-therapist dyad.
The success of this ‘re-wiring’ depends on the internal coherence of the administering therapist in the same way that the attachment outcome of an infant depends on the mother’s ability to attune to her child and to self-regulate.
After LI therapy, people find themselves spontaneously reacting to current stressors in more age appropriate ways. Clients who begin LI therapy with memory gaps are eventually able to connect the pieces of their lives into a coherent whole. Clients who have completed Lifespan Integration therapy report that they feel better about life, are more self-accepting, and are better able to enjoy their intimate relationships. This has been one of my most satisfying and meaningful interventions for both myself and my clients! I’m excited to share this with you, if LI is a fit for you.
I help individuals and couples with:
I consider myself an Eclectic Therapist. Among the many methods and techniques I most commonly use in therapy are the following: