"You are something that the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing." - Alan Watts
Timeless wisdom tells us that “change is the only constant”. We can either be in synch with the continuous shifts occurring within and around us or we can resist. In either case, the only distinction between staying stuck or finding flow is in how we respond to our challenges and the meaning we give to them. From one life chapter to the next, we often discover that what worked for us yesterday may no longer serve us today and thus limit our possibilities for tomorrow. It could be that there’s a subtle sense that things could just be better or that something is holding you back or maybe you’re faced with a serious conflict or major crisis. We can persist, and hope things will get better on their own or we can face the discomfort of uncertainty and adapt to new realities by learning and growing. This is the dilemma. Either way, as a social species, we can expect that there will be times where we come up short in our efforts to address our life challenges all on our own.
That’s where I come in. I am a gatekeeper: a guide between worlds and a facilitator of transitions. I cannot carry or push you through any threshold but I am happy to assist you in finding your path and help you put one foot in front of the other on your way to achieving your goals. I do this by helping you recognize and embrace both your strengths and your vulnerabilities, as well as identify your blind spots. At times I may be be both compassionate and supportive, while others, I may more directive or challenging. In either case, I offer myself as a grounded and engaging presence through which to develop and practice new ways of being that expand your sense of possibility for a more satisfying and sustainable future.
My approach is rooted in somatic psychology, which means I work within a holistic frame focused on the physical, direct experience of life lived through the body as the source of our experience for who we are. Being human is about being in relationship. Being in relationship is about being in connection to your own needs and aspirations while also being in dynamic connection to the needs and aspirations of others. I engage people to engage themselves in support of self-understanding and establishing more satisfying possibilities for relating to others and the world at large.
The frame I use is deeply influenced by Positive Psychology, Formative Psychology, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Hakomi, Brainspotting, mindfulness, social justice, Eastern and indigenous wisdom traditions and life itself. My process is informed just as much from my direct experience with the hear and now, as it is from the latest developments and research in the fields of neuroscience, attachment theory, psycho-physiology, and trauma theory.