It’s important to me to keep learning new skills and to get the best professional trainings and input I can find. So my work stays dynamic, and my skills and understanding continue to deepen. If you saw me years or even months back, I’m not the same therapist I was then — because it’s important to me to keep learning and growing, and because I keep seeking new trainings and to deepen my skill level through weekly supervision.
My current training and supervision:
- I’m currently attending a level 2 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. This training is about attachment, the beliefs we form about ourselves when we’re young, and the impact they have on our bodies and our relationships.
- I’m currently in a weekly supervision group for people learning AEDP: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.
- I’m also currently taking an online course from Marsha Linehan in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Here are some of the trainings I’ve taken:
- Sensorimotor Therapy Training, Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory
- AEDP-C: AEDP for couples. A week-long training of learning to help couples to deepen their connection with one another, and to deepen their love for each other even in the midst of very difficult feelings.
- Beyond Words: Attachment, Trauma, and Implicit Communication (A day long training with Pat Ogden, the founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.)
- Attachment: Assessing, Engaging, and Strengthening our Clients’ Capacity to Love (A training in working with attachment that spanned four weekends.)
- Neurobiologically Informed Trauma Therapy with Janina Fisher, Ph.D, Years one and two
- Fundamentals of Somatic Experiencing.
- Hypnotherapy, NGH-certified.
- Neurolinguistic Programming, Practitioner level.
Since I collaborate with other professionals, you get the benefit not only of my training and experience, but theirs as well. I find AEDP supervision particularly enriching, because rather than just talk about our work and approach, we show videotapes of our work (Only those of clients who give their permission for this, obviously!). By getting to review video footage of work and through this approach that emphasizes second by second changes and shifts in a client’s body language and tonality, I get to really see for myself what works and what can work better, and I get the feedback of several seasoned counselors who bring a depth of care and breadth of knowledge to the table that is at once pragmatic and deeply supportive, of both my clients and of me.
Clients describe my style as interactive, dynamic, and engaged. (You can find lots of my clients’ words here.)
Like many, I believe that the medical model of therapy has its limits. I don’t believe it’s helpful to look at my clients as “diseased”, “ill,” or “disordered.” Rather, I work with folks who have unresolved emotions or other struggles that often stem from unmet needs for connection, unresolved trauma, and the challenges that can come with being highly sensitive. I know that, as irritating or “weird” as you may find your own feelings or behaviors sometimes, these things often represent your very best efforts to deal with unresolved needs or dilemmas you’ve had to face. By looking at your emotions with compassionate curiosity, and by looking together for the wisdom in how you’ve learned to cope, we also make lots of room for healing and change — and this is change that comes from within, from “want to” rather than from prescriptions or strategies.
I do know that, sometimes, medication or supplemental help can be very useful. I encourage you to build a support team that works for you, and that may include a doctor, naturopath, psychiatrist, or other practitioners who can help you in diverse ways.
My work is a complementary approach to any medical care needed. Therefore, some clients sign a release for me to speak with their doctor/psychiatrist, and vice-versa. I’m comfortable collaborating with other professionals, and I trust each of my clients to be proactive in seeking just the right mix of support for them.