My approach is a blend of Relational Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. I am client-centered and strengths based. I tend to work in the present moment and reflect on what is showing up in the room. I incorporate guided centering practices and mindfulness to support you in having embodied experience. I support Inner Child work by helping you communicate both verbally as well as through writing, music and art. Together we figure out how you resource yourself and what helpful tools are already in your toolbox, as well as new ones you might want to learn. I help uncover messages from your Inner Critic, and hold a mirror up to your Divinity and Inner Wisdom, so that you can start cultivating a loving relationship with yourself.
I work with various romantic relationship structures and configurations, including monogamous couples, open relationships, polyamorous families and relationships, nonmonogamous individuals and family units. I help partners fully express themselves and their needs to each other, improve listening, understanding and compassion within the relationship, and support folks in creating more satisfying and intimate relationships with each other. I also help partners navigate boundaries and agreements, work through issues around trust and infidelity, and support people in making big life decisions and going through major transitions while in relationship. I believe that unpacking some of each partner's individual history and set of experiences that shaped them helps bring a deeper perspective and understanding of how they show up in relationship. I also have experience in supporting partners going through a breakup, and help them honor the ending relationship, themselves and each other as they work toward resolution and closure. I do not work with couples and relationships currently experiencing domestic violence, but can refer to another therapist or clinic that would be a better match.
I also offer relationship therapy for non-romantic relationships, including entire families, siblings, friends, coworkers, and people in community with one another. My approach incorporates tools from Restorative Justice, Systems Theory, Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I have ten years experience of providing emotional, behavioral and mental health services with a social justice lens to adults, adolescents, children, couples/relationships and families from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. I have worked in a variety of settings, including providing therapy and consulting services at the office, school, home and in the community. Over the years I have really enjoyed providing gender affirmative therapy to adults as well as children and adolescents, and working with the whole family unit to support the coming out process. I have also enjoyed working with nontraditional relationship structures and family units. Finally, I have been and continue to be passionate about working with child and adult adoptees, adoptive families and blended families.