mind, body, heart, and soul integration
My Approach to Therapy and Healing
In my eyes, therapy and healing are about being on a journey of seeking and uncovering our true and loving nature, while discovering and letting go of the veils that have gotten in the way of accessing this. I have a passion for working with clients who understand that the mind, body, heart and soul are deeply connected, and are curious about integrating healing from all angles. They know that therapy isn’t about finding answers from someone else, rather it is about having a welcoming and safe space held, while they walk their own path in finding their authentic self.
My approach to therapy is as unique as each client. I draw from many theories and modalities, including holistic wellness, somatic experiencing, sandtray therapy, yoga, and a creative strengths based approach. My focus is to provide therapy creatively and interactively, with humor, compassion, and authenticity.
Somatic Experiencing is a holistic, body- based approach to healing overwhelming or traumatic experiences and their impact on the body.
In this work, the therapist creates a safe space for the client’s nervous system to explore what it may need to gain an expanded ability to tolerate distress, while releasing suppressed energy and emotions that have been stored in the body.
"Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness."
More information can be found about Somatic Experiencing at: traumahealing.org
a bit about me
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
My education is in Clinical Social work, and I have been practicing as a therapist since 2010. In the past few years, I have been specializing more in body based work, and have received certificates through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, as well as Firefly Yoga International. Both of these modalities have enhanced my work in supporting the body to release trauma and overwhelm that has been held in the nervous system. I have a deep respect for the stories that our bodies have been waiting to tell.
In September of 2017, I was diagnosed with melanoma on my right thigh and underwent a significant surgery. Through this journey, I was working closely with my own therapist who specializes in Somatic Experiencing, as well as consistently practicing restorative yoga. I believe without a doubt, that directly supporting my nervous system through this process helped me to stay grounded, assert what I needed, feel empowered and trusting of the process, and allowed me to work through what could have been a scary and traumatic experience. This was so powerful for me, that I am currently volunteering as an assistant in Somatic Experiencing trainings to further specialize in this work, and to give back to the community that has been so important in my own healing.
In my personal time, I enjoy travel, photography, and engage in a continual investment in supporting and deepening my own wellness. I have been exploring the healing properties of crystals and stones, studying past life regression, and opening myself up to higher levels of consciousness through meditation and body based healing.
I don't mind being considered a bit "woo-woo" (in fact, I think that's where the magic happens).
A friend recently said to me: "you are finally coming out of the lightworker closet!", and it appears to be so.
"The Warrior of the Light is a believer.
Because he believes in miracles, miracles begin to happen.
Because he is sure that his thoughts can change his life, his life begins to change.
Because he is certain that he will find love, love appears."
Pre and Post Surgery Support
I have a special passion for working with people pre and post surgery to support the nervous system while lessening the possible impact of surgical trauma and overwhelm.
My goal in this work is to help my clients feel more at ease and empowered as they approach surgery by providing education and skills to calm and support the nervous system. After surgery, it can be helpful to work through any overwhelm that is endured through the entire surgical process, and to cultivate a more loving and trusting relationship with the body so that people can truly heal.
"The wound is the place
where the Light enters you."
For those with a curiosity for a more creative and tactile approach, I will guide you in exploring the subconscious through Sandtray Therapy, where symbols, images, and metaphor may reveal deeper insights and meaning. This is done through creating a world in a tray of sand using a variety of miniature objects, symbols, animals and/or characters. My role is to maintain an atmosphere of curiosity as I invite you to explore resources and strengths that you have, barriers you may be facing, and possible solutions you may be seeking.
"Through the sandtray,
barriers can be torn down and healing paths created where no such thing previously existed."
Telehealth Options Available
video and phone sessions are available for convenience as requested
700 Twelve Oaks Center Drive #700
Wayzata, MN 55391