My Background

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When we can understand our emotions as Information, not instructions, we have access to all of the rich insights they provide to us about ourselves and the world around us. This is information such as how we might want to proceed in a challenging situation, where our boundaries lie, what we want and what we value. Learning to uncover and work with our feelings, which I refer to as developing Emotional Fluency, means that we gain access to a rich, new understanding of how we tick and how to care for ourselves in a way that best supports us in living lives that are as full and vibrant as possible, while minimizing the impact of stress, anxiety and other taxing experiences. This means we get to be in deeper, fuller relationships with ourselves and others, and show up for our lives in more creative, confident, engaged and motivated ways.

 This work is “Holistic” because we’ll take into consideration the balance of many different aspects of your life in the quest for health. This includes how you move and nourish yourself, what your relationships and community are like, your creative and spiritual practices, and an exploration of your daily rituals, habits and practices. Wellness isn’t about doing a lot of one thing- it’s about finding equilibrium across many elements. How we feel emotionally is directly related to this equilibrium, in addition to developing the capacity and resiliency needed to skillfully navigate our feeling states, and wisely care for ourselves in times of discomfort, stress or chaos.

 My hope is to bring curiosity, stability, warmth and playfulness to this collaborative process, and I trust that the nature of the soul is to move towards wholeness.

10 Things I Believe About Therapy

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  1. It is completely normal to find the process of finding a therapist daunting.

  2. Making that first call is brave and means you’re already taken a step forward.

  3. Finding a therapist that feels like a good fit is a vital part of successful therapy.

  4. I will always do my best to make you feel heard, valued and accepted.

  5. You need to do the work in AND out of the therapy room.

  6. Effective therapy is a combination of insight AND action.

  7. Some changes are swift whereas some will take longer.

  8. The therapeutic relationship is unique in that it innately one-sided. That’s by design and an important part of the experience.

  9. I’m not a blank slate. Our work will be collaborative and conversational.

  10. I genuinely believe everyone has the capacity to heal, grow and change.