As a former professional ballet dancer, I have long been fascinated by the integral relationship of body and mind. This fascination drew me to study yoga, Buddhism and meditation. All of these have deeply influenced how I work with others and strengthened my view that we have within us what we need to heal and come into balance. Sometimes we just need a jumpstart in making that happen!
My approach as a therapist tends to focus on pragmatic methods as well as intuitive ones. I help people to confront distorted beliefs and negative thinking about themselves, so they can be more present in their lives and positively recognize more of who they are. In addition to “talk therapy,” I utilize mindfulness and somatic techniques such as visualizations, meditation, and attention to body sensations to help guide people back into their own innate wisdom. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Technique) is a body/mind modality that is also a part of my training. EMDR can be useful for resolving trauma and moving through other difficult places where we might get stuck in our lives.
My way of working is based on my education and thirteen years of experience as a social worker, my post-graduate training in advanced trauma studies from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, and my first career as a dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. In addition, I completed a year-long Immersion and Instructor Training in meditation and basic Buddhist philosophical principles through The Interdependence Project in 2014. I am always adding more training as I am able, as this truly is work that I love!