The convenience of Teletherapy without compromising the power of Somatic Psychotherapy - working with the MindBody Connection to heal fully.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Trauma is another word for overwhelm. When our bodies are overwhelmed our survival parts (fight, flight, freeze, submit, attach) become activated and start running the show. For many people they've been running the show nearly their whole life due to chronic persistent trauma or completed ptsd. For others, a recent event or stressors has kicked these parts into high gear. By becoming aware of these parts, building a compassionate but boundaried relationship to the parts we can address the trauma
Recovery is a spiral, not a destination. Treating EDs only cognitively fragments us further from healing. My fusion: Embodied CBT, addresses the underlying trauma, including the Inner Critic (fight part). After my own recovery, I studied Somatic Psychology because of the clear benefits to recovery. Getting out of the mirror and back into the body is how I help people across ED diagnoses get their lives back.
I work with all kinds of grief and loss: breakups, transitions, deaths - sudden or expected. I fuse Somatic, IFS, Psychodynamic and Narrative techniques so clients feel it all without overwhelm or judgement. They learn how to soothe and express themselves, and experience pleasure, joy and hope again. In particular, I use Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, TIST, Polarity Therapy, Breema, Yoga, Authentic Movement, EMDR, Expressive Arts and client-defined Spirituality.
I specialize in trauma informed attachment work geared for ENM folks, poly folks and open relationships. I work individually and with couples(+) whether you are already practicing ENM or wanting to start. I am a poly relationship anarchist and have worked clinically with folks as well. I believe an ENM approach to relationships is deeply healing, satisfying and the embodiment of living life to its fullest. I adore helping people integrate ENM into their lives and support them where they are at.
Anxiety can be debilitating and often is for my clients. Chronic worry about the future, the past and their relationships, causes them to live in a perpetual state of survival. This wreaks havoc on their ability to rest, concentrate, experience joy, make decisions, be creative or trust - themselves or the world. Hypervigilance is King in their body. With a Somatic IFS CBT approach I help them learn to regulate and soothe instead of only distract or numb.
We are hard wired for connection, but based on our experiences growing up, inherited traumas and life circumstances, fostering and maintaining healthy mutually beneficial relationships can seem impossible for some. Many actually. Couples and Polycules all have their cycles rooted in attachment insecurities which I help them discern and transform. I help individuals navigate dating, breakups, marriage, divorce and complex family dynamics with a somatic, IFS, attachment and psychodynamic approach.
Babies cannot survive on their own. They need a caregiver to help them. If the caregiving we received was not "good enough" or we experienced early childhood trauma like birth trauma, surgeries, illness and extended separations, we likely developed an insecure attachment. I help clients find safety in relationships again and break patterns of clinging, avoidance, blaming and minimizing. Through trauma informed, IFS, somatic, inner child work I help clients rebuild their foundations.