About My Clients
Do you want more relationship fulfillment? Are you tired of walking on eggshells? Are you struggling with the death of a loved one, or grieving the loss of a job/community/sense of independence? Both grief and our romantic relationships can often make us question ourselves, feel insecure, or withhold our truth from others for fear of being judged or shamed. I can offer a space where you can begin to share your truth without fear of being judged. You don't have to go through it alone.
My Background and Approach
I am what is called a Contemplative Psychotherapist, which means that my practice is grounded in a mindfulness-based approach. I will also utilize my 20 year meditation practice to inform the way I work with clients. Many of us growing up were not taught how to deal with uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. Do you end up avoiding tough conversations within relationships (sexual, familial, or platonic) because it would be too awkward or scary? Do you find yourself not able to show or feel your real emotions because they may be too overwhelming to either you or others? In our work together we will focus on how to start to befriend your mind and developing the capacity to feel our feelings, regardless of what they are. We will also focus on becoming more aware of the sensations in your body and use this as a tool to know what our bodies are trying to tell us. This will build confidence and a sense of engagement with your life so that you can work towards meeting your goals.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I received my graduate training at a Buddhist-inspired school and studied religions, concentrating on Eastern religions while in undergrad. That being said, I have been greatly influenced by the Buddhist approach of understanding and working with the mind. It was during a meditation retreat that I became acutely aware of just how mean I was to myself, on a daily basis. Since then I have done a lot of work to change the relationship I have to my own mind. I also started noticing how many others also were struggling with the same combative relationship with their own minds. I am committed to seeing more compassion in the world and that’s why it is so important for me to create an accepting space for any and all of my clients.