I'm a somatic therapist, trauma specialist, relationship coach, yoga teacher, nature lover, cat mom, and mindfulness meditator.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ohio
I am trained in the trauma treatment modality called Somatic Experiencing. I view trauma as any highly emotional or scary experience that leaves a deep impact on you. This impact is felt and stored by your body and your nervous system as unprocessed survival energy. We work together to process traumatic memories while creating a safe container for you to feel and discharge the trauma energy that never got a chance to be processed. This leaves you more able to feel present, relaxed, and alive.
I am trained in Dynamic Attachment Reparenting Experience (DARe), which describes attachment as our blueprint for relationships that is shaped by our early childhood experiences with our caregivers. We collaborate to identify your attachment style, where it originates from, & how it is impacting your present-day relationships. In the therapeutic relationship we work together to create secure attachment, as well as to practice creating a safe and loving relationship with yourself & others.
I see anxiety as a nervous system state. This means that your body is in a state of high alert, and is on the lookout for what could be wrong. No matter how much you tell yourself to story worrying, it doesn't seem to make a lasting difference. This is because the issue is not on a cognitive level, it's on a body level. I treat anxiety by working with you to practice tools to calm your anxiety on a body level, support you in regulating your nervous system, and build capacity to tolerate calm.
I have training in Internal Family Systems, which is a beautiful technique for identifying and coming to understanding the many different parts of us which make up our whole. We build the ability to witness different parts of ourselves, which may play different roles. For example, perhaps one part of you worries constantly, while another part of you tends to make impulsive decisions. When we befriend and build compassion for each part of ourselves, we have more choice and feel more integrated.
I integrate mindfulness into my therapeutic work with clients. I've learned mindfulness skills from my own meditation practice and spiritual journey, as well as from my experience becoming a yoga teacher. I find that mindfulness helps us build awareness of our automatic, habituated patterns. When we use mindfulness to catch ourselves in the middle of a reaction, we create an opportunity for conscious choice in how we'd like to respond. This mindful awareness is a crux of transformation.
I am trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE), a somatic trauma treatment modality. SE teaches us that trauma is anything that overwhelms the capacity of the nervous system. Once our nervous system has been overwhelmed, it becomes dysregulated, leaving us swinging between states of anxiety and depression. Through SE, I support you in processing traumas in a gentle way, so that your body and nervous system can safely discharge the stored trauma energy. You will leave feeling more calm and present.