This means I work with my patients in an integrated way.
I believe body, mind, and spirit are organically, intimately connected. The natural state of these core life components is an intertwined, free-flowing aliveness. When we don't obstruct the flow of our body, mind, and spirit we experience life authentically and as embodied beings.
Picture an infant in your mind. An infant who hasn't been programmed (through caregiving or life experience) to fear, manipulate, posture, safeguard, or sacrifice their self to satisfy external expectations.
In order for our body, mind, and spirit to evolve into full healthy maturation, we rely on our environment (namely our caretakers) to facilitate our development.
In an ideal family, a person's journey from infant to toddler to adolescent to adult would feel secure. Our caregivers would possess the wisdom, experience, resilience, and creativity to nurture our unique rhythm and empower us with the freedom and acceptance to develop and expand ourselves into the truest expression of our individuality.
Many families are far from ideal.
Every single person alive—to a greater or lesser degree— develops with some wounds. When caretakers fail to acknowledge and repair these wounds they interrupt the healthy development of an individual. If the wounding is severe it will be experienced as deprivation and/or trauma.
Those of us, who needed to adapt to and survive a less-than-adequate caretaking environment, unconsciously employ defenses against developing fully and embodying who we truly are. This is a matter of psychic survival.
Many of these defenses have taken root in our unconscious and continue to impact every level of our being:
our physical body
As a result, a person may develop a set of symptoms (i.e. an eating disorder, anxiety, OCD, etc.).
The unique symptoms a person struggles with may be a manifestation—an indirect expression—of the ways and to the degree that person was hurt, deprived, or traumatized.
Additionally, these symptoms act as defenses to ward off encountering the reality of their development and associated painful feelings. Unfortunately, denying our truth and associated painful feelings also disembodies us—which is living out of touch, to a greater or lesser degree, with our internal and external reality.
The therapeutic work I do goes beyond talk and includes active somatic work
Working with the physical body provides a direct pathway to the immediacy of felt experience, which enhances the possibility of embodiment
When patients work with me they develop the awareness and skills to help them confront:
living out of obligation
quieting their desires
feeling resentful, scared, or angry
clenching or hurting their bodies
fighting to feel heard
re-living the past
responding to life by deadening themselves
And instead, they begin to experience a new reality that includes:
illumination to the meaning behind their symptoms or life patterns
increased consciousness of when they contract against their authentic self-expression
access to the individual truth and wisdom of their inner world so they can live in accordance with it
softened defenses on all levels of their being
a deeper integration of their life experiences, personality, and self-representation in the world
acknowledgement of their split-off feelings/parts of self
My therapeutic work is grounded in the principles of Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic, and Relational Psychotherapies. I pair that with active somatic interventions and movement informed by Bioenergetic Analysis.