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, yoga, sandtray therapy 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
Supporting Our Community of Therapists, Healers, and Lightworkers
In the past couple of years I have become aware of a strong calling to support other therapists and healers in our community. I feel passionate about providing individual support, hosting retreats, and gathering community resources to share with others. The following links will provide more information about some of the projects that I enjoy working on behind the scenes:
A space to share our collective voice as a community to raise the vibration of Love & Light can be found here on my community blog.
Playlists for meditations, chill music, educational talks and interviews with healers within our community can be found on a collaborative YouTube channel that I co-host.
Here is a Google Sheet that has ideas of podcasts, books, Netflix shows, local businesses to support, Instagram accounts to check out and more... (this is a community collaboration, so please feel free to share any information you would like me to add!)
This PayPal link holds a community fundraising campaign for those seeking mental health services who are facing financial barriers. Money raised will support mental health care for marginalized populations and those facing financial hardship due to the covid-19 pandemic.
a bit about me
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
white-bodied, cisgender female
BIPOC, MOGII ally
My education is in Clinical Social work, and I have been practicing as a therapist since 2010. In the past handful of 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 my personal time I enjoy travel, photography, hiking with my dog, cooking and singing loudly when nobody is around. I am engaged in and passionate about my continual journey of supporting and deepening my own wellness. I have been opening myself up to higher levels of consciousness through meditation, breathwork, energywork and body based healing. I enjoy exploring the healing/ supportive properties of crystals and essential oils, studying past life regression, and I like to connect with Spirit by looking for signs, symbols, synchronicities and playing with oracle cards.
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."
For those with a curiosity for a more creative and tactile approach to therapy, 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 standard practice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The link below will connect you to my virtual waiting room.