Area of Expertise

Services Offered

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Couples, marital, & family therapy
  • Consultation & Training

A traumatic experience can be defined as any event in which our ability to cope effectively was overwhelmed – we needed to do something, and could not.

Complex Trauma
Complex trauma is when traumatic experience has been normal rather than abnormal. Complex Trauma is most common for people who were abused, neglected, or had similar experiences in childhood.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
A very specific type of therapy to help people suffering symptoms of PTSD and difficult experience. With EMDR, the patient adaptively reorganizes their experiences in an accelerated manner.

Somatic & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Body-oriented therapies focus on integrating unresolved responses to trauma and other difficult experiences through physical, sensorimotor, and emotional experience, in addition to talking. This approach draws upon the natural intelligence present in our body and emotional mind to direct healing.
Somatic approaches are often immensely useful in helping people with histories of trauma, and/or feel stuck in traditional talk therapy.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DBT is a type of psychotherapy that combines Zen mindfulness practice with cognitive-behavioral skills training. It is excellent for resolving intense emotional reactivity and interpersonal difficulties that have persisted for a long time.

Mindfulness & Meditation Practice
Mindfulness is a mental factor in which we are aware of ‘thoughts as thoughts, feelings as feelings, our body as a body, and our intentions as intentions’, and do not forget this.  Meditation is the training of our mind to associate with what is virtuous and excellent in ourselves. While meditation is commonly used as a calming technique, specific meditation practices have profound effects on how we experience our abuse, fears, anger, and loneliness in our present life.

Eating Disorders
I am experienced in helping people experiencing symptoms of Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge-Eating. People experience ED symptoms for complex reasons – binging, purging, restricting, eating to numb ourselves, obsessive thoughts, body dysmorphia, and so forth – and these reasons must be considered in healing effectively. People may do the same action for very different reasons, and thus the treatment must be different.

Dissociation is a term used very broadly – it can encompass experiences ranging from zoning out, feeling disconnected, feeling frozen, having body memories (Flashbacks experienced mostly physically), missing significant memories, all the way to experiencing ourselves as different people, like in Dissociative Identity Disorder. Simply, dissociation is a way in which our body and mind respond to a pain we cannot affect. When our mind cannot affect that pain, it disconnects the affected part from our consciousness. Different people experience dissociation differently.

Anxiety is the physical state we experience when we are afraid, angry, lonely, frustrated, nervous, etc., and can’t do anything about it. For example, we might be very lonely, but afraid to tell people how we feel, or perhaps the people we are telling don’t really listen to us. We then feel very anxious (racing thoughts, hyped up, short breath, agitated, insomnia, etc.). We will probably continue to feel anxious until we are able to act on those feelings effectively.

Depression is a lot like anxiety in terms of how it works. Depression usually results from anger, loneliness, sadness, grief, etc. that are ‘stuck’.

Attending to what does work over what we (or others) think should work.