Do you find
yourself repeating the same frustrating patterns at your job, with your spouse,
or with your children but can’t seem to break out of these patterns on your own?
Do you keep
getting into the same conflicts with your co-workers, your partner, or your
children and wish you could avoid these draining and dismaying interactions?
I excel at helping people move out of their stuck places to
manifest more fulfilling and rewarding lives and relationships. My clients tend
to be people who are motivated to understand themselves on a deeper level and
to challenge and change beliefs and behaviors that no longer serve them.
One of my specialties is in working with people with Eating
Disorders, both Teens and Adults who are stuck in repetitive behaviors in
relation to food, exercise and their bodies and find themselves unable to break
out of these destructive behaviors on their own. I address the medical,
nutritional and psychological aspects of eating disorders by utilizing a team
which includes a doctor, a nutritionist, a psychiatrist and family therapist
when needed. I try to get my clients to begin to speak about what is truly
eating them, so to speak, and to help them to understand the role that food
plays in helping them to regulate emotions, to provide a sense of comfort, and
to attempt to meet unmet needs in a way that feels safe.
I am deeply committed
to helping people with eating disorders live more expansive lives and manifest
more fulfilling relationships with themselves, with others, and with their
bodies. I also do prevention work with parents of young children and I am very
involved in helping children, teens, and adults in my community to feel more at
home in the skin that they are in through various workshops and coaching
sessions that I offer parents and individuals.
My specialties also include working with people with drug
and alcohol addiction, and people struggling with relationship issues, individuals
as well as couples. Some of the issues that I am adept at working with include
Grief and Loss, Infidelity, Self Esteem and Codependency. In my work with
addictions I meet my clients where they are at in the cycle and process of
change and do not force change upon them. I try to understand the role that their
symptom is serving for them, whether they are binge drinking every day, or
engaging in risky sexual behaviors, as well as what they may be repeating or
seeking to heal from their family of origin by engaging in these behaviors.
I also work with parents of children with eating disorders, anxiety and depression,
or addictions, parents who have an interest in trying to understand how their
own childhood wounds have created vulnerabilities in their parenting skills and
capacities and who seek to repair their stuck places so that they can be more
effective in their parental role.
I am trained in both Depth Psychotherapy as well as
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a unique combination that allows me
to help clients to understand their past and work through old wounds and, at
the same time, to help ground them in their bodies and in their present
experience, where new experiences are possible.
I am a relational therapist, which means I am very
interested and engaged in the therapeutic relationship and I believe that the
therapeutic relationship has the capacity to be a powerful agent of change in
my clients’ lives. Since our deepest wounds happen in relationship, it is only
in relationship that these wounds can, with time, trust, and safety, be healed.
My greatest strength as a therapist is that I make myself
available to be truly engaged in the therapeutic process. To paraphrase one of
my clients: “You are not one of those
therapists who sit back in her chair and let me do all the talking.” I use all
of the tools available to me: my training, my expertise, my thoughts and
feelings and the whole of my being to try to understand what my clients are
communicating to me, and what they need from me in order go to sometimes scary
and painful places, to acknowledge their losses and to grieve them, so that
they can make room for new ways of experiencing themselves and others and open
themselves up to new possibilities.