I am passionate about helping young adults and adults find clarity, connection, compassion, and grace.
I often work in the areas of childhood trauma and thrawted adult child-parent relationships and the symptoms that stem out of emotionally/relationally impoverished experiences (disconnection, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, depression, confusion, grief, etc).
We are born into societies and families who have a tremendous impact on who we are and what we believe about ourselves/others/the world. Unfortunately, when we are adults and we struggle we are told to take care of ourselves: but how do we do that without being taught or shown what our needs are? how do we "take care" if we don't know what it looks or feels like?
All of us are born with a set of developmental, emotional needs that are meant to be met by our world (to love, to be loved, to be seen, to belong, to trust). When they are met, we thrive and feel whole and supported. When they aren't met, we are more likely to have relational or emotional issues.
My work with clients often helps identify and uncover what needs haven't been met, the impact that has had, and how they can be met today.
My approach includes multiple modalities: parts work, inner child/re-parenting, emotion/body focused, and family systems. Parts work has to do with recognizing that our thoughts and feelings are "parts" of us and have a specific purpose in our lives. Inner child/re-parenting work has to do with giving ourselves what we never got growing up. Emotion/body focused therapy involves connecting and relating to our inner experience. Family systems has to do with who we become in our family of origin, what sources of resilience or anxiety we carry from our past.