I know that starting this process can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Using warmth, empathy, direct feedback and skill building, I can help you more fully understand yourself and your relationships and therefore feel empowered to start living the life you want to live. While it is important to minimize daily struggles that get in the way of being fully present in your life and relationships, I firmly believe that healing comes from exploring how our past experiences have affected the ways in which we interpret and interact with our world. By exploring underlying roots to emotional distress, and identifying unmet needs you are able to nurture more connected relationships, uncover thought and behavioral patterns that interfere with happiness, master effective coping skills, and experience overall symptom reduction.
I utilize an integrative approach, grounded in psychodynamic theory, and pull from skill-based and solution-focused techniques using CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness to help provide more immediate relief. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced based intervention that has been proven effective for treating chronic as well as single incident trauma.
I specialize in working with developmental/relational trauma (very difficult childhoods, parents who struggled with their own mental health issues, substance abuse or personality disorders), sexual abuse survivors, women's issues (infertility, unhealthy/abusive relationships, low self esteem, postpartum issues, etc.) and individuals navigating life transitions (separation/divorce, job loss/change, moving to a new city, loss, starting a family, etc).
I also offer group services:
Sexual Trauma Process Group
This is a long-term, open process group for female survivors of sexual trauma that incorporates some skill building, grounding techniques and body-centered interventions when appropriate. Participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear other women's stories 3) Explore how the trauma continues to impact their present-day life (friendships, romantic relationships, sex, work, etc.) 4) Learn ways to better cope with traumatic symptoms. This group runs on Wednesday evenings and a prescreening intake is required to ensure goodness of fit. Please contact me if interested.