"You are something that the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing." - Alan Watts
Being human is about being in relationship. Being in relationship is about being in connection to your own needs and aspirations while also being in dynamic connection to the needs and aspirations of others. My approach is rooted in somatic psychology, which means I work within a holistic frame focused on the physical, direct experience of life lived through the body as the source of our experience for who we are. I engage people to engage themselves in support of self-understanding and establishing more satisfying possibilities for relating to others and the world at large.
To be alive is to be in a constant dialogue with the many layers of your self. I help people negotiate the survival based, instinctual responses of our nervous system, our emotional centers of relating and our cognitive capacities for reasoning, meaning making and establishing new patterns. Our experience of wholeness becomes possible when each of these fundamental aspects of what we are as humans, are allowed the attention, care and expression they need to thrive.
My perspective is deeply influenced by Formative Psychology, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Hakomi, Brainspotting, mindfulness, social justice, shamanism, Eastern and indigenous wisdom traditions and life itself. The frame I use is informed just as much from my direct experience with the hear and now, as it is from the latest developments and research in the fields of neuroscience, attachment theory, psycho-physiology, and trauma theory.