About My Practice
I was trained relationally and psychodynamically, which means that I view the relationship between therapist and client as the most important factor in the client’s healing. It also means that I understand that we all learn patterns to adapt to and survive our childhoods because humans are remarkable at adapting and surviving. Some of these patterns serve us into adulthood and some do not. Often, people come to therapy because some of the ways in which they learned to relate with others and with themselves are no longer working and they would like to be able to form healthier and more satisfying relationships.
I come to my work of being a therapist with a social justice lens. This means that I view our dominant culture (a culture that is patriarchal, white-supremacist, cis- and heteronormative, etc.) as part of the sickness and dis-ease that contributes to people in our culture experiencing mental health symptoms such as some forms of depression and anxiety. Dominant culture separates us from our hearts, our humanity, and our innate desire to care for one another. We are taught to deny the truth of what we experience and how we treat others in our community. Healing occurs through seeing and naming these truths and beginning to care for ourselves and each other with open hearts, in our full humanity, just as we are.
Oftentimes, a significant part of finding healing is learning to see that much of what lives inside of us isn’t our own, but belongs to toxic legacies (of white supremacy, misogyny, trans-phobia, heteronormativity, ableism, etc), or it might also belong to our parents or our early caregivers who were doing their best, but carried their own trauma and unintentionally passed it down to us.
I believe strongly in the power of mindfulness, movement, yoga, creativity, and self-compassion to bring healing. I incorporate both yoga and mindfulness in to my work as a therapist by inviting clients who are interested to learn mindfulness skills and/or yoga poses that might benefit them. I incorporate the theoretical understanding of human suffering that I gained from studying yoga and mindfulness into my conceptualization of what is happening in the therapy. I often begin sessions with a few minutes of mindfulness, if the client would like, to help ground us and orient us to being in the space together.
My role is not to “fix” you, or give advice, or tell you how to live your life. Instead, I will do my best to listen with my full presence; bring compassion, non-judgment, and spaciousness to our time together; be curious, offer challenges, encourage self-exploration and questioning; and provide tools for you to use to foster your own growth and healing.
I identify as a queer, White, cis-gender, middle-class, middle-age, straight-size, able-bodied woman. My partner has a complicated gender identity and we have two young children.