Hello! Happy you have found me here. I am a somatically oriented, mindfulness coach and couples Counselor. Look forward to working with you!
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Supervised by Peter Coster LMFT, PhD.
I love to work with Couples. I prefer my practice to be at least 1/2 couples. I find couples counseling dynamic and challenging. I love helping couples understand each other better, communicate better, listen better and ultimately love better. I think most relationships can benefit from a third party to witness dynamics and interactions. But especially when going through a challenging time. I am here for that!
Dissociate Disorders have a special place in my heart. Usually when there is disassociation there is trauma. I love working with people to help integrate their parts. Fragmented parts can be integrated. We just have to be present with them and allow them to feel safe so they can come back home. I find this some of the most special and rewarding work. A safe space is priceless for dissociation. I can also help with mild disassociation by bringing somatic awareness into the picture.
Attachment is such an important part of relationships and life. Creating and maintaining healthy attachments is one of the foundations for healthy, happy relating. Our early attachments are our foundation for our relationships later in life, but we can re-learn to a great extent how to open our hearts again to others, to trust and to create healthy lasting relationships.
I believe the way we communicate is very important. The words we choose and how we say them NVC is a way to express our needs and ask for what we want without blaming or accusing the other person. Learning to express our needs in a way that others can hear and receive and maybe even understand and acknowledge their own needs can make relationships flow much better.
I've trained in EMDR through the Institute of Creative Mindfulness. EMDR is a great tool for processing trauma but it is also a great tool for resourcing ourselves and creating calmer inner resources. EMDR can help both the mind and the body find more safety and stabilization.
I love teaching mindfulness to my clients. I enjoy helping them gain greater awareness of themselves. Becoming more mindful allows us to be more present in our lives. It allows us to be here for the small moments and the big ones.