I offer heart-centered, somatic (referring to the body), and contemplative approaches to therapy.
Psychotherapist in Eugene, OR
Supervised by Susan Wolfer, LCSW
I am a graduate of the 2-year Comprehensive Training through the Hakomi Institute. Hakomi begins with a shift in consciousness for both therapist and client into a state of “relational mindfulness” in which we listen for and notice how your mind-body-spirit is organized and how you orient towards life and relationships. This immersive and integrative work invites the organic wisdom that already resides within your body, nervous system and psyche to unfold and guide your healing work.
When we work together experientially, the aim is to bring your attention and energy into present time, transforming your relationship to the weight of your history, liberating you to make subtle but incredibly powerful “inner choices” that invite and empower your full potential as a human being.
During our therapy sessions, I will invite both you and I to shift into and maintain a state of “relational mindfulness” in which we intuitively listen, not only to conscious or cognitive narratives and insights, but to the subtle content that emerges from the unconscious, the story that the body wants to tell, and allow the inspirational guidance that already resides within you to be expressed and take form.
Attachment is about how organize in relationship to others and in relationship to the Self. Wounded or insecure attachment can be healed through safe and nourishing relationships with others and through the development and strengthening of our inner relationship to Self.
To a greater or lesser degree, the struggles and challenges we experience in our lives are not only our individual issues. We inherit and our bodies and nervous systems retain the history of what might be called “legacy burdens” from the suffering experienced by previous generations in our families and communities. We all have the burden, but also the privilege, of healing, in our own bodies, the wounds of our own lives as well as those who have come before.
Although we sometimes think of psychotherapy as all about thoughts and emotions, the body and nervous system, particularly when we are talking about trauma and overwhelming or chronic stress, plays a central role in our well being. I am a current student within the 3-year Professional Somatic Experiencing training program and actively integrate this approach within my practice.