Hello. Thank you for visiting my website. Let me take a moment to introduce myself and my practice to you.
There are several aspects to my approach to helping clients heal and create the life they want for themselves.
First, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland, Virginia, 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.
Third, I am a certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. I completed my training through the Wellness Institute in 2017. I was drawn to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) as a client myself several years ago. BCST 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.
Additionally, I was drawn by my love of horses to pursue training in Equine-Assisted Therapy. Horses are deeply intuitive and sensitive creatures. They are also prey animals and herd animals. As such, they are deeply attuned to their environment, with safety being of the utmost importance. For these reasons horses make great partners in helping us face and resolve the lingering effects of trauma on our nervous systems. Because horses demand honesty and congruence in relationships with humans, equine therapy can help us translate these qualities into all of life’s relationships. I am trained in Natural Lifemanship, which is a Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy method. I provide these sessions at Project Horse in Purcellville, Virginia.