If you decide to work with me, together we will begin to identify the ways you get stuck in negative belief patterns or cycles. I will help you begin to see how the thoughts you hold about yourself and others impact your behavior towards yourself and toward others. You will determine if you are comfortable or uncomfortable with those connections and dynamics.
We will examine the labels, stories, and possible untruths the other people in your life have taught you to believe and allow you the space to determine if you still want to believe these things. Then you will be able to determine if those beliefs and stories help you or hurt you and whether you want to hold onto or discard them. Hence, you can then begin to explore, choose what feels right to you, and determine the beliefs about yourself and others that are composed in your voice and are what you believe to be true.
I hope to provide for you a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can feel validated, but also challenged to work through negative beliefs, trauma and traumatic memories, grief/loss, difficult emotions, and other issues which may come up that cause you to feel afraid, ashamed, sad, and/or alone.
We often create incorrect beliefs about ourselves because of what we are told as children which can carry over into adolescence and adulthood. Together, we can help you explore those beliefs and connect them to how they may create stress and anxiety in your present life and/or relationships.
In collaboration, we will help you decide if you want to begin to challenge any of the negative self-talk or negative beliefs about yourself, others, or your environment. You will always decide what you focus on and the areas we explore in therapy.
Most of my clinical work as a therapist has been focused on working with those who are dealing with adoption concerns, anxiety, body-image issues, depression, eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, relationship issues, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and dissociation.
During the past 7 years of my clinical experience and post-graduate study, I have focused on expanding my knowledge and skill-set to help people who have experienced childhood trauma, sexual trauma, relationship trauma, physical trauma, dissociation, and the affects trauma has on their sense of safety, well-being, health, and relationships.
I believe that because this is an ever-evolving field that it is important to keep up with training and education and am passionate about keeping up with the research and discoveries being made within the field. It’s vital to treat the whole person and not just a symptom, and, therefore, I am a trained and registered yoga teacher and feel that yoga can be beneficial for a variety of issues.
If that is something you feel you can benefit from, I can incorporate this into your treatment. In my yoga practice, I have found it is beneficial to be mindful of slowing down and being aware of your breath and how that helps slow down your thoughts, your nervous system, and your anxiety or stress.