About My Clients
You may be experiencing anxiety and depression and looking for tools to express your emotions and manage your physical symptoms. You may over intellectualize and have a hard time connecting to, understanding and expressing your feelings. Life changes affect how we identify ourselves, our relationship with ourselves and with other people. It's possible to discover strength in yourself and learn tools to help you get unstuck from current and past challenges.
My Background and Approach
The messages that we internalize, from childhood through our adult life experience, effect our bodies and relationships. Learning tools to mitigate over–intellectualization of feelings and experiences through physical and creative expression can help us to more deeply know ourselves and empathize with others. Voice and breathwork can be used to assist expression of thoughts and feelings simultaneously, leading to a more integrated experience of ourselves and more grounded relationships with others. By resourcing ourselves, we can learn to stay rooted while seeking connection and to find that joy in life is available under any circumstances. I take my cues from my clients in terms of finding a balance between verbal processing and using the arts. I am a music psychotherapist with 16 years of practice, a certified music therapist, a licensed creative arts therapist and trained in Dr. Diane Austin’s method of Vocal Psychotherapy.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that the best way to make changes to the way we experience life is to integrate our thinking with our feelings, to honor our bodies and find strength in grounded self-compassion. It is never too late to establish new habits and to change perspective. The belief that we can "go it alone" can lead to hyper-vigilance, perfectionism and a deep feeling of always needing to strive for approval from others. Through my music training, therapy and music therapy training, I learned that I couldn't outsmart my feelings, that life is full of changes I can't control and that being kind to myself is the starting point. I believe that trauma and pain live in the body even if the head has it all figured out. I believe that the way a song can make us feel completely understood reflects the power of music to hold meaning and feelings simultaneously. I believe in social justice, continual anti-bias work and awareness of privilege. I believe in you.