Hello. Thank you for visiting my website. Let me take a moment to introduce myself and my practice to you.
There are three prongs to the approach I take to helping clients heal and create the life they want for themselves.
First, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and the District of Columbia. This means that I am licensed to practice independently as a psychotherapist. My approach to psychotherapy is relational, meaning that the rapport or “fit” between myself and you, as the client, is essential to the success of the work we do together. “Relational” also refers to a psychodynamic school of thought that puts forth the belief that our relationships with others, past and present, have a profound and enduring influence on our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. To this end, I will help you explore both the conscious and unconscious aspects of your experience and how they influence your life today. Our work, and my method of treatment, will focus on your presenting issues/problems and the goals you are hoping to achieve. I strive always to make our work collaborative and supportive, although you can also expect to feel challenged to grow. I value diversity and the unique qualities of each individual client. Finally, I have found the principles put forth in mindfulness meditation to be extremely beneficial during times of transition or high stress and often encourage clients to explore these therapeutic tools in between sessions.
Second, I am trained as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Somatic Experiencing (also known as SE) is a body/sensation-based intervention for addressing unresolved traumatic experiences, anxiety/panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, and other types of nervous system dysregulation (insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases/syndromes). I became interested in SE after practicing psychotherapy for several years. I felt that something was missing in my work to help clients heal and develop greater resiliency. I realized that many forms of psychotherapy ignore the physical body/sensations that can offer deep information and healing that our cognitive experience can not. I completed a three-year professional training program in SE and am now using those skills actively in my psychotherapy practice with great success.
Finally, my most recent endeavor as a professional has been in the field of Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy (BCST). I am currently a student at the Wellness Institute in BCST. I was drawn to BCST first as a client myself and now as a student in a professional training program. BCST, for me, provides the missing link in my work to help my clients create more joyful and intentional lives. Whereas psychotherapy engages the mind and emotions and SE engages the body and felt experience, CranioSacral work facilitates our spirit or energetic system, helping to grow our heart and create more vitality, energy, and potency for living.