I'm a therapist who is passionate about integrating all parts of who you are and how to be in authentic relationship to yourself and others.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA
Trauma is often passed down through generations when it is not fully addressed. There is a healing that can be experienced when we acknowledge pain that may not necessarily be our own, or acknowledge that we have inherited dysfunctional behaviors and thinking patterns that do not currently serve us. I use somatic (body-based) approaches as well as mindfulness techniques to make sense of intergenerational trauma so that you may feel more spacious and gain a sense of agency around your life.
Anxiety can be linked to many roots, but fear is usually among them. How does one sit with fear? We can explore one's past experiences with anxiety, reframe our thought patterns around it to build a new relationship to that emotion, and also use mindfulness techniques to feel more grounded and connected to the present. Somatic (body-based) practices are also crucial to a changing relationship with anxiety.
How do we remain both independent and connected in relationships or friendships? How do we communicate with loved ones when emotions feel overwhelming? My approach is grounded in psychodynamic theory (how the past impacts the present) and relationally non-violent ways of communication that can help translate one's experience to their loved in a way in which they can understand. This has often been related to topics of conflict management, moving into together, co-parenting, and more.
I have completed Brainspotting Phase 1 and Phase 2 trainings. I find that this modality is helpful when one feels stuck around an issue in which talking seems to be ineffective in treating. This is a focused mindfulness technique that engages a visual spot to a sensation in the body. This accesses the subcortical part of the brain which allows for nervous system regulation.
The relationship in therapy can often reflect a microcosm of the dynamics that exist in other relationships. I hope to facilitate an experience where we can explore these dynamics and bring greater awareness to what doesn't work and to collaborate on more authentic ways of being in relationship to oneself and others. Topics that often come up in this work are (but not limited to): being vulnerable, communicating needs, building self esteem, increasing the ability to hold nuance, and much more.