I help clients overcome anxiety and stress, pivot from going through the motions and find renewed meaning in their lives and relationships.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
Supervised by Lynndal Daniels, LMFT #78183
I start with the Dynamic Maturation Model of attachment, which treats all forms of attachment behavior as adaptive within specific threat/relational contexts. I apply this understanding of the DMM when working with clients to guide therapy and help clients to design attachment responses to better fit their current environment.
I've trained in Narrative Therapy with the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy, at both the introduction and advanced levels. I use narrative therapy to help clients reframe their experiences and develop a new, empowering story about themselves. I encourage clients to explore the stories they have been telling themselves and work towards creating a more positive and empowering ones.
I use Internal Family Systems to provide clients with an externalizing perspective that provides a way of understanding the various parts of their internal world. This non-pathologizing view enables a client to coordinate the internal activities in more adaptive ways.
Anxiety is a reaction to our internal emotional state as if it is constantly communicating about actual danger from the environment. I find that it's possible to successfully address anxiety through a combination of mindful awareness practices, understanding the protective role of anxious parts, and authoring a desired more adaptive story.
I work with clients struggling with depression to return to more vitality by first understanding how depression works to convince the client to give into depression. Because the problem stories of depression are quite limited, I work with clients to identify and understand how they are often successful resisting depression. Ultimately we'll work together to author a counter story that leads to a greater sense of agency and empowerment.
While there are many possible successful monogamous/non-monogamous forms, attachment patterns are at the heart of relationship issues, when what were once successful adaptations to face environmental threats continue to be unconsciously applied in contexts where they are no longer needed. I work with clients individually or in pairs to understand their past and explore more adaptive attachment patterns to allow the emergence of vital relationships that are more than the sum of its parts.
EMDR, is a therapy approach that helps alleviate distress linked to traumatic memories.EMDR uses bilateral stimulation - often eye movements - to 'digest' this distress. The EMDR process helps to reduce the intensity of your emotional responses and helps you to develop a more adaptive perspective on these events.