I have a Master’s
Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with more than 20 years of therapeutic
counseling experience. As a psychotherapist, I believe strongly in personal empowerment, and my practice is
based on the belief that my role is to use the intimacy of our therapeutic
relationship in order to allow me to serve as your mindful partner in helping
you to remove the blocks that may be preventing you from experiencing your
highest personal potential and deepest healing.
In addition to achieving my Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, I am also a Reiki Master and have specialized training and experience in using Reiki to assist others in removing energetic blocks in the body which promotes a greater capacity for experiencing one’s natural flow of emotions in a healing and therapeutic manner.
I use an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing a variety of techniques and modalities ranging from humanistic person-centered therapy to Gestalt work, Hakomi or Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) depending on the client, the issue and the therapeutic relationship.
I am most interested in utilizing the therapeutic relationship to facilitate present moment healing and lasting change in personal core issues and beliefs. My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to, working with trauma and abuse survivors, postpartum depression, issues pertaining to sexuality and sexual identity, personal transition and identity development, relieving chronic pain, assisting in bereavement support, depression and anxiety; and examining transpersonal issues using mindfulness techniques, in all of my work, as a tool for spiritual growth.
Much of the work I do is helping to use the unconscious mind to bypass the defenses of the conscious mind in order to create deep and lasting change in a person's life. Some of this work is done through Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming). The techniques I use, can create profound and permanent change in any area of life that you want to re-evaluate. You may want to:
- achieve higher self esteem
- have more meaningful relationships
- take your career in a more satisfying direction
- lose weight
- quit smoking
- gain sexual confidence
- have better relationships with family members
- be a better parent
- make more money
- establish and maintain a fitness program
- gain a stronger sense of spirituality
- increase and maintain your personal growth and development
These and many other areas of your life can be greatly influenced through NLP. Please see my section on this website on NLP Breakthrough Sessions for more information about deep NLP work.
THE HAKOMI METHOD
I have also received intensive training in Hakomi practice. Hakomi is a mind-body centered, somatic psychotherapy which helps people change "core material" that affects their lives and overall well being. It's purpose is to change material that restricts a person's wholeness. It is an experiential form of psychotherapy in which present, felt experience is used as an access route to unconscious material.
The Hakomi Method is based first on loving presence
to maximize safety, respect and the cooperation of the unconscious. With a good working relationship established, I then help the client focus on and learn how core material shapes his or her experience. To permit this study I establish and use a distinct state of consciousness called Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is characterized by relaxed volition, a gentle and sustained inward focus of attention, heightened sensitivity, and the ability to notice and name the contents of consciousness. Its roots derive from Eastern meditation practice. Hakomi has pioneered the use of active, or dynamic mindfulness
in psychotherapy; instead of using mindfulness meditation as simply an adjunct to therapy, virtually the entire Hakomi process is conducted in a state of mindfulness. This facilitates Hakomi techniques in accessing unconscious material quite rapidly, but safely. For more information on the Hakomi Method please go to www.hakomiinstitute.com
(content in this section was borrowed from the Hakomi Institute)