I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and received my Masters in Psychology from Saybrook University. Prior to opening my private practice in Fremont I worked with adults, couples, and families at Sound Mental Health in Redmond. Therapy has been a vital part of my own growth and capacity to feel at home in the world and I am passionate about bearing witness and facilitating increased well-being and individuation for my clients.
I have taught and practiced yoga for 25 years, and have maintained a meditation practice for almost that long. I have an impassioned curiosity about how these bodies we live in make sense of stress, loss, ecstasy, and love. My work can include a somatic aspect if you are so inclined, inquiring into how your life story lives in your body, and how your physical nature comes to terms with the challenges of modern living, with its demands on body and soul.
I offer psychotherapy that speaks to the whole person, including heart, mind, body and soul. Although I have training in cognitive and problem-solving based therapies (and am happy to use them), my primary orientation is toward depth psychology, which takes into account the effects of nature, dreams, imagination, spirituality and the subtle and unconscious aspects of human experience. I also source art, mythology, philosophy, mysticism and literature to inform my own life and my practice with clients.
OUR WORK TOGETHER
Do you ever get the sense that you can’t feel anything, that you’re numb? Or conversely, do you sometimes feel so much that you are immobilized and flooded by emotion? The ability to feel is essential for growth, yet our feeling function can sometimes be on overdrive. Listening to your needs and guidance, I will assist you in getting to know your emotional landscape, and support you toward using your creativity and compassion to meet the challenges of being human. You can learn how to understand and modulate your emotional responses appropriate to the situations you face in daily life.
Are you sometimes tortured by your thoughts and wish they would just stop? If you feel called, we may consider ways to develop a thinking and reasoning process that is more congruent with reality and helpful in your life, rather than a source of pain and confusion. Neuroscience is showing us that ways of thinking affect the physical structure of the brain, and there are ways to use this knowledge to reconfigure habits of imagination and projection. Paradoxically, being able to reason well can be an aid in developing the feeling states of tenderness, tolerance, and kindness toward your own struggles and those of others. Books and the experiences of others can also be essential companions on the way to a more balanced thinking process, and I may have reading or viewing recommendations for you, what might be called bibliotherapy!
Have you noticed when you are depressed, anxious, or distracted, that your body carries symptoms of those qualities as well? In our intentions toward balanced emotions, the body cannot be ignored. It’s possible to find home in your body at any stage of life, even with physical limitations. In fact, limitations are very often the door to a different kind of strength. If it feels appropriate to you, I may give you individual movement recommendations, anywhere from intense aerobic exercise to supported rest, depending on your constitution and what your current challenges are.
Have you ever thought about the spiritual or religious milieu (or lack of) in which you grew up and how that might contribute to your way of looking at the world? We might talk about how that experience affects your current ways of being in the world, perhaps in ways you don’t realize. If it is interesting to you, we might discuss the practices of mindfulness and meditation and why our souls crave them. We may also investigate and strengthen your relationships with solitude and silence, two of your most important nourishments.