With a foundation in psychodynamic and experiential therapy, I have completed advanced training in mindfulness, emotion, sensory and body-focused approaches to psychotherapy. These approaches are particularly helpful for clients who have experienced anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief and loss, relationship distress, and dissociative disorders.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is especially proven to increase healing from traumatic events
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), which is a profound relational approach to resolving identity issues, emotional and relational problems.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which is a skills-based approach for decreasing destructive behaviors, increasing self-awareness through mindful practice, tracking behand learning better interpersonal skills.
Traumatic experiences interrupt the natural rhythms of life leading to difficulties in regulation and integration of body sensations, emotions and thoughts. These experiences are often held in the breath, sensory perceptions, posture and movement, as well as in emotions and thoughts.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy fosters curiosity and self-awareness through collaboration with the therapist, allowing the wisdom of the body to guide the natural drive toward movement and integration. Clients learn skills to regulate hyperarousal and numbing, safely experience sensations, and process thoughts, emotions and body-based experiences related to trauma in a mindful, contained manner. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is based on principles of mindfulness and mind/body/spirit holism, and is informed by research in trauma, neuroscience and attachment theory.
Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
This is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve a transformation in client behavior by exploring the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences. This innovative method was developed by Dr. Diana Fosha and has roots in and resonances with many disciplines, amongst them attachment theory, affective neuroscience, and body-focused approaches.
Lodged deeply in our brains and bodies lie innate, wired-in dispositions for healing and self-righting. AEDP therapy aims to activate these naturally occurring, adaptive change processes. The goal is to foster the emergence of new and healing experiences through the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences. We can learn together about how your individual nervous system functions, and in turn find the best path to healing.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
This is a directive type of treatment that is focused on enhancing client motivation and helping clients to apply learned skills to specific challenges and events in a person's life. If DBT is preferred, I can teach skills that you can use immediately.
A key assumption in DBT is that self-destructive behaviors are learned coping techniques for unbearably intense and negative emotions. Negative emotions like shame, guilt, sadness, fear, and anger are a normal part of life. However, it seems that some people are particularly inclined to have very intense and frequent negative emotions, leading to emotional vulnerability. A person who is emotionally vulnerable tends to have quick, intense, and difficult to control emotional reactions that make life seem like a rollercoaster.
DBT includes four sets of behavioral skills:
Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this very moment.
Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not struggle to change what is.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no when appropriate while maintaining self-respect and positive relationships with others.
Emotional Regulation: how to accept emotions, manage emotions, and focus on creating more positive emotions.