About My Clients
I enjoy working with Adult Children of Alcoholics. Growing up in a home with substance use creates an environment of chaos and unpredictability. Children's developmental needs are rarely the priority. In these situations it is necessary for children to build defenses to protect them from this learn how to survive. Unfortunately, these defenses begin to outlive their function when these children become adults, which creates challenges in friendships, with family and at work.
My Background and Approach
I believe that every individual has within them the capacity for growth and healing, but through the circumstances of life we all develop ways of protecting ourselves and limiting access to this healing potential within. I prioritize working with the protective systems that have been developed over time in order to allow more access to this healing energy. I take a compassionate approach to these protective parts in recognizing they have needed to take on these roles for a reason and then through the presence of a safe therapeutic relationship (in which these parts feel seen and understood) these parts can begin to take on new roles. This begins to allow balance, harmony and wholeness within the internal system which in turn allows space to express oneself and engage more harmoniously with others. Succinctly put, I believe healing begins by looking within and understanding and healing the internal system.