"If you can stand fully in your own unbelonging and become friendly with the terrors of loneliness and exclusion, you can no longer be governed by your avoidance of them. In other words, you are on your way home." Toko-Pa Turner
The three pillars I base my practice on are symbolic, somatic, and shamanic. By engaging the imagination through non-ordinary states of consciousness (shamanic) and tapping into our body's felt sense (somatic), we can strengthen and embody a more whole sense of self. My primary method of working with clients is an evidence-based modality called Internal Family Systems (IFS) developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD. I also use dreamwork, Carl Jung’s Active Imagination, and Eugene Gendlin’s process of Focusing, among others, where symbol and metaphor (symbolic) are the psyche's language. All methods stem from a strength-based inclusive approach to decrease limiting beliefs and to live with more ease and awareness.
In my research work and in my practice I pay close attention to how the experience with what is unknown affects your wellbeing. Our time together will include curiosity, compassion, reflection, and conscious witnessing so you feel seen and heard and can tap into insightful presence. In collaboration, I will guide you through exercises designed to induce non-ordinary states of consciousness to access those deeper and sometimes scared, lost, or conflicted parts of the self in need of integration.
Though they try to keep us safe, our protective parts don’t always make the best decisions or rely on the healthiest coping strategies. By unblending and dialoging with parts of us that were previously tangled up and unconscious, we become more calm, clear, and compassionate — to ourselves and, thus, others. In therapeutic partnership, we can access and tend to those protective and wounded parts but also the more transformative leadership parts of ourselves that, once unburdened, can safely and fully step forward.
I have a particular interest in how these methods can bring self-compassion and ease to individuals with ADHD, abandonment issues, mother wound, anxiety, life transitions, and individuals committed to personal growth. I have a warm and light-hearted approach and offer a complimentary video consult to address your questions.