Somatic Psychotherapy: The body tends to develop holding patterns in response to wounding, whether that is reflected in posture, chronic pain, or general tension. When we include body awareness when processing trauma, we can then open the door for a wider range of experience, and a deeper potential for healing. This is done through bringing mindful awareness to all aspects of one's experience - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
EMDR: This acronym stands for "Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing." Through the use of bilateral stimulation such as eye movements, tapping, or electronic pulses, EMDR is a therapeutic tool that is used to process trauma and deepen a person's feeling of resource inside the body and mind. When a person experiences trauma, it gets stored in an isolated neural network, that creates a pattern of looping, or repeating negative thoughts, body sensations and emotions in ways that continually reinforce pain and negative beliefs about the self. Bilateral stimulation allows the person's awareness to make contact with different places in the brain while highlighting the trauma memories, that bring about compassionate perspectives towards the self that were previously underutilized. Training completed 2013 with Phil Manfield, PhD
EMDR for Dissociation: Sandra Paulsen's "Structural Dissociation" protocol - On-going training, consultation with Rachel Walker, MFT.
EMDR for Attachment trauma: Laurel Parnel's "Attachment-Focused" EMDR protocol - for work with developmental wounding, adults abused or neglected as children.
EMDR for Addiction: Robert Miller's "Feeling State Addiction Protocol" - trained 2014 by Dr. Robert Miller
Somatic Experiencing: Like EMDR, this body-based form of trauma process is a system of teaching the mind to gently move in and out of places of trauma while simultaneously emphasizing the cultivation of inner and outer connection with resource. Training mentorship with Chimae Say-Kapp, Somatic therapist in Davis, CA
Sand Play Therapy for Children and Adults: For children play with figures comes naturally as they frequently process feelings and trauma through symbols; for adults, it is at times useful to work with tangible, tactile representations of parts of the self that are longing for expression. Sand play can offer a medium for process that allows one's personal creativity to be expressed as a guiding force of healing.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Often in families or couple systems, people succumb to familiar habits of placating, accommodating and suppressing old, unmet needs deep inside the self. As these needs are given a safe, collaborative environment to be exposed, I help the adults in the room stretch their capacities to deeply hear in a respectful, honoring way these previously withheld communications. When there is a chance to become more vulnerable, this can open room in the system for new love and support to be expressed . Trained 2015 with Sam Jinich, PhD
Supervision for Trainees and Interns: Training competed 2017 through California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
Education: California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) - San Francisco, CA - M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology - 2006
Internship at the Gestalt Institute - S.F., CA
Internship at Holos Institute - S.F., CA
Private Practice Internship with Lucy Collier, MFT - Berkeley, CA