My primary focus is
on developing a greater capacity for awareness and integration. In session, I use mindfulness to blend relational,
interpretive, and somatic methodologies.
What does this look like? It can take
many forms. Sometimes it looks like helping you stay grounded and in the room
while we process past trauma. Sometimes it
involves taking the time to develop the authentic and supportive relationship you
need in order to begin to express feelings and thoughts that are quite difficult
to share. Sometimes it means drawing our
mutual attention to what is occurring in the present moment, and
using that moment to build insight into the relationship between past and
present experience. Sometimes it means
asking questions, wondering and exploring together. Sometimes it means sitting in silence.
It’s been my joy to study a wide variety of clinical approaches – through classic
drive and object relations theories to neurobiologically informed attachment and
relational theories. Don't worry if you don't understand the jargon. I am struck more by
their similarities than their differences.
One common thread is our innate capacity to heal through relationship. Another
is the importance of understanding your process. A third is the need to balance challenge with
acceptance. The list goes on . . .
If you prefer coaching, advice, or worksheets, we are probably not the best
match – but I may have a referral for you, so feel free to ask. If you are searching for a space to bring parts of
yourself that don’t seem to fit so well into your day to day life, to sort out
experiences that are hard to understand, or even hard to think about, I can help.
Presently, I work with adults and couples in my Santa Monica office and with children, adolescents and families at the Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA.