Whether developmental trauma we endured as children, or discrete traumatic experiences we’ve had as adults, I work with people to begin to feel safe again in the world, with others, and within their bodies. Using a variety of methods we can gently approach the threshold, the scary or upsetting feelings or memories, and work toward not just tolerating the sensations or impulses, but becoming an incredibly stronger person as a result.
At their best, our intimate relationships provide warmth, security, support, passion, friendship, fun, and playfulness, or they can be a source of frustration and coldness. Communication can be difficult, but improved dialogue with your partner is possible when given the right tools. Both partners can grow individually and as a powerful union when each person’s needs are being met and the collaborative spirit begins to emerge.
The majority of the people I’ve worked with have serious substance use issues, and I’ve seen the devastating effects it has on one’s mood, relationships, ability to work, and physical, mental, and spiritual health. With compassion, I meet clients at whichever stage they are at, and together we move forward from there.
Our culture is changing for the better, but stigma and challenges persist. In addition to the daily stressors of living and working in this society, LGBTQ people must face a unique dimension of considerations that others simply do not. From coming out, living your truthful identity, work-related concerns, raising a family, partnership and/or marriage, this is a topic and reality that I, personally, continue to live and explore.
Mindful Awareness Practices
Our minds and bodies inherently strive for self-organization; we often need to get out of our own way to allow healing to occur. Tuning in to the wisdom of our breath and body we can ground ourselves in the present moment to observe from a calm and curious distance the myriad blockages that we can transcend to experience a fullness of life we may not have imagined possible.
“Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.” - - Julia Cameron
I understand the link between creativity and our well-being. Expressing our observations, dreams, and truths through our our voice, our body, or work is an integral part of what gives us meaning, radiance, and life force.
Faith and the idea of interconnectedness is often a powerful inspiration for feeling safe, protected, tranquil, and motivation for positive change. I provide an open and curious space for people to draw upon their personal beliefs and connection to divinity in my practice.