If everything around you looks dark look again, you may be the light ~ Rumi
Individual Psychotherapy & Counseling
I use a holistic, integrative approach to therapy which draws from several therapeutic modalities depending on your needs. This includes EMDR, Hakomi mindfulness, somatic experiencing, younger parts work and working through trans-generational trauma.
My approach addresses working with body, mind and soul with a strong emphasis on attachment theory, trauma-informed therapy and EMDR.
I teach clients to develop a relationship with their body/nervous system, bridging the gap between mind and heart. When we are grounded in our body and connected to our true self, we have an opportunity to feel more at peace and express our authentic truth.
Attachment Trauma & Relationships
Human beings are born with an innate need, to form a close emotional bond (attachment) with their primary caregivers.
Our first "serious relationship" in life begins as an infant with our caregivers. This relationship provides us with a blueprint about the way we view ourselves, the world and relationships. Our early life attachment experiences inform us about trust, autonomy and safety. If our attachment bonds have been disrupted, severed, challenged or inconsistent, as adults we might struggle with trust issues, fear of abandonment or intimacy and closeness.
Psychotherapy and counselling offers an opportunity to explore and repair painful attachment wounding and relational injuries through helping clients reparent youngers parts in the context of a safe, therapeutic relationship.
The wound is the place where the light enters ~ Rumi
Unresolved, Complicated Grief
When we have lost a loved one, ambiguously or literally to death, the experience within can be devastatingly painful. Grief is a dance of amplified emotional landscapes. We might experience deep sadness, depression, anxiety, rage, denial, acceptance and even joy. And then the dance begins all over again. The more we learn how to dance with our grief, the greater capacity we hold for self compassion and acceptance.
In our work together, we create safety and a solid foundation for your grief to be contained, held, expressed and healed, without limits, expectations or demands, while helping you to gently move forward each day. One puzzle piece at a time, w can help you reclaim and integrate parts of ourself that may have also died when our loved one transitioned.
Ambiguous loss can look like a divorce, a breakup/relationship ending, a loved one is psychologically absent, absence of a parent (emotionally, physically and/or psychologically due to mental illness, addiction, an accident/health condition, excessive work, etc., loss of physical contact with friends and family due to immigration, moving, life transitions.
Ambiguous loss can leave one feeling confused, lost, stuck and unable to move forward with life. It may leave one re-experiencing grief and loss in the present both with self and relationships that recreate contexts that illicit the original loss.
Healing from ambiguous loss asks that we rediscover hidden parts of ourselves that may have gone into hiding when we experienced loss and finding ways to connect, embrace and nurture these wounded aspects.
Focus of My Practice
~ Childhood and family wounding
~ Dealing with grief and death
~ Inner child healing
~ Nervous system regulation
~ Personal development
~ Relationship issues
~ Self confidence and worth
~ Women's healing
You Are a Gift, Not a Burden
As a therapist, my role is to help you discover your most authentic self, the deep Soul wisdom that lies within your heart, and uncover limiting beliefs, mind and body memories and somatic experiences that hinder you from fully embracing and loving yourself.
Together, we help you find freedom within and learn to be with what arises, so you can experience more calm, confidence and compassion.
My therapeutic approach offers a blend of somatic experiencing, EMDR, Inner child exploration, mindfulness, trauma-informed, attachment-based, and nervous system regulation education.
Each session is an opportunity to learn about your nervous system, unconscious beliefs and somatic responses that may be keeping you stuck in your life.
Together we explore your early childhood experiences and attachment style to understand how your nervous system was wired, so we can help you reset, re-regulate and recreate a new foundation for your body, mind and heart.
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