My goal is to support you in feeling emotionally centered, relationally satisfied, and personally empowered.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN
I have been providing support for people with relationship challenges for over a decade, and it is a main focus of my clinical work. My relationship specialty centers around clear communication, healthy boundaries, improving intimacy and managing conflict. Clients may seek my expertise for support in all types of relationships including lovers, spouses, friends, family, coworkers, and authority figures.
I am trained in Lifespan Integration, a trauma treatment that helps individuals integrate past experiences that are still impacting them today. These past experiences may include more conventional definitions of trauma (violence, a sudden loss, sexual assault / abuse) as well as more subtle examples like growing up in a chaotic home or experiencing chronic bullying or put-downs. I help my clients heal their trauma without reliving it, empowering them to experience the freedom of the present.
This specialty is near and dear to my heart. In an increasingly overstimulating and frightening world, more and more people are suffering from anxious thoughts, feelings, and sensations. I use a mind-body approach in treating anxiety, integrating mindfulness, CBT, and attachment therapies to help clients manage overactive or self-defeating thoughts, reduce or eliminate panic, and ultimately sooth their nervous system.
I use somatic therapy to help connect clients to their sensations during session. Our thoughts, sensations, and emotions are intricately connected. Often clients are unaware of their sensations, posture and movements. These physical factors have an impact on their wellbeing and provide essential data on the client's functioning. Somatic therapy aims to create more wholeness for clients, and help them clear emotion, settle the mind, and connect with their personal power.
As a psychodynamic therapist, I believe much of our behaviors, emotions, and thoughts emerge from unconscious parts of ourselves. These are aspects of our being we're unaware of and disconnected from, that may be governing our interactions with others and informing our sense of self. My role through this specialty is to help clients know themselves better by reflecting curiously on the meaning of their experiences, which includes the experiences that unfold in the therapeutic relationship.
Attachment Theory focuses on how our adult selves were impacted by childhood and adolescent relationships and experiences. We all need emotional attunement, support, kindness, and challenge from our care givers and loved ones so that we can enjoy healthy and balance relationships with others and ourselves. Through an attachment lens, I encourage clients to reflect on the impact their upbringing had on who they are today, from their greatest strengths to their greatest struggles.