What we do in psychotherapy is to constantly work at deep levels with the body, with emotions, and with many different elements of memory, to help people make sense of their inner worlds and their interpersonal lives. –
Daniel Siegel, Healing Trauma, p. 16
WHAT I DO:
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Hakomi Therapist and Certified Therapist in EMDR Therapy in private practice since 1999, in the Noe Valley district of San Francisco.
My approach to psychotherapy is integrative. That is, it seeks to unite a variety of therapeutic methods, including body-centered, mindfulness-based, and expressive-arts modalities. (For more information see Approach.)
A major focus of my work is to help clients in freeing themselves from the limiting beliefs and defensive patterns that can result from emotional wounding in childhood. These often manifest as emotional issues such as depression or anxiety, or as problems with work or relationships. Clients who work through these issues often are able to experience greater aliveness, creativity and fulfillment in their lives. I find the the mindfulness-based and experiential work of Hakomi and the powerful tool of EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing) to be particularly useful in helping to resolve such issues and blocking beliefs.
My particular interests are:
- Depression, anxiety and stress
- Trauma and recovery from childhood wounding
- Empowerment and self-esteem
- Body image and emotional eating
- Intimacy and relationship issues
- Cross-cultural issues
- Self-expression and creativity
(For more information see Services.)
Please check out my Mind/Body Blog, with information and observations about mindfulness and happiness, neuroscience and trauma, body-centered practices and creativity, as well as Resources from inspiring thinkers in the field of mind/body healing.