My Specialities: Anxiety, Body Image, Eating Disorder and Sexual Trauma
I have specialized in working with anxiety, sexual trauma, eating disorders and body image issues for almost three decades along with being a researcher in the field of women’s wellness, recovery and trauma. My research interest is on transpersonal neurophoneomenology, self-compassion and healing from trauma.
Throughout the years, I have developed a unique style of working with these “dis-orders,” (lack of balance rather than a label) that includes a combination of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, embodiment techniques, and self-compassion practices.
At the top of this page, you see three stacked stones; they can be seen by hikers as a marker on the journey, and in Buddhism representing different practices and ideas. However, I prefer to blend the meaning as a marker on the journey of body, mind and spirit. You will see stacking stones, a zen garden and zen calligraphy in my office, as well as symbolism of trees in various stages of growth.
I work in helping you to understand the imbalances that have occurred in your life, emotions and body so that healing takes place in deeper, integrated way, rather than just a focus on immediate behavior. My intention is to help you to develop a re-communication with your body, heighten your awareness to what happens in mind, and hold it all in a self-compassionate manner. The goal is freedom, faith and self-love, not just recovery.
A Little More About Healing
Embodiment – Our bodies do keep score of the trauma, stress and perceptions that we experience. I have created strategies that help our bodies to release our physical stress and help us to embody (experience) a more authentic, self-accepting life. When we have this, we are better able to navigate our relationships.
Mindfulness – Our mind can hold illusions and labels about who we are and the world around us; more than just behavior modification, mindfulness helps us to release the illusions, labels and help us to see a challenge with curiosity not fear.
Self-Compassion – It is impossible to move forward with long-lasting rewards, in the absence of self-compassion. As women, we often give to others, but consider any self-love “pampering”. Releasing what does not serve us purpose and accepting positivity, is key to self-compassion and, progress.
East meets West & Traditional meets Unconventional and Creative: Art, Hypnotherapy, Zen practices, Yoga Therapy, Wellness, Bio/Neurofeedback, are just some of the tools to help you to gently work through whatever is holding you back.