I work with women who want to learn how to navigate their lives with more compassion and care for themselves.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, CA
I was a client of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy for many years and I am trained in this approach as well having graduate of the Professional Level 1 training and continuing my training ongoing. Since offering this avenue of healing to my clients I have found this approach to be incredibly client centered and compassionate as it builds on the intuition of the client while cultivating a deep sense of safety in the client and therapist relationship.
As a relational therapist I believe that healing and positive self-esteem happens through an authentic and healthy relationship you and I have in our work together, you have with yourself and you have with your community outside of therapy. I have been trained to work relationally and have found this to be central to the positive outcomes of my work with clients.
Nurturing healthy self-esteem and self-compassion are at the center of my work with people struggling with most any life challenge. I utilize my training in Hakomi, DBT and mindful self-compassion to support people in developing a healthy relationship with themselves so they can move through the challenges of life with more ease and love.
Through many years of experience as a therapist in a local drug treatment nonprofit I have worked with people who are recovering from addiction while recovering from very challenging life circumstances whether it be significant losses, an untreated mental health condition, poverty or family trauma . I understand treatment programs (AA, NA, ACA, Alanon, Smart Recovery, 12-Step, outpatient, inpatient, perinatal, DUI and SLE's) and I support individuals who are actively engaged in their recovery.
I have lived experience with a chronic health issue and have supported many people with this as well. I have specific knowledge and experience with endometriosis, PCOS, hormonal imbalances and diabetes. My work with people experiencing chronic illness is to alleviate the mental and emotional challenges that come with a new or existing diagnosis, implementing self-care routines and cultivating support to navigating a challenging healthcare system.
As a supervisor, field instructor for student therapists and a therapist myself I have witnessed, supported people through, and personally experienced burnout and vicarious trauma. My work has been to support professionals to recognize and overcome burnout and to learn how to nourish themselves through their next steps towards healing and wellness.