Trauma is both a psychological and a physical experience that impacts our internal sense of safety and our ability to trust in self, in relationships, and in the world.
I specialize in helping clients resolve traumatic stress working from a belief that the mind-body connection holds the key to recovery. We carry our experiences in what Peter Levine calls "body-ness". Stephen Porges' work with Polyvagal Theory (see The Rhythm of Regulation for more information) invites us to consider the ways our nervous system adapts to our environment acting far beneath our conscious awareness. To work with traumatic experiences requires that we move away from the belief that trying to think our way out of the past or containing our memories and constraining our behaviors will bring resolution. It requires turning toward the ways our experience is held both in the body and in the brain and engaging with models of processing that recognize this principle.
My clinical work is informed by my study of neuroscience and the autonomic nervous system and the impact of attachment to relationship patterns. My map of the therapy process involves bringing curiosity to investigating each of these different streams of information and the impact to daily living. With this awareness a "re-storying" process begins.
Training and Therapy Models:
- Completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston
- Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist
- Certified Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) trainer
- Trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Trained in Interpersonal Neurobiology
Trauma happens in relationship...healing happens in relationship...
The therapy relationship is one of the experiences in which healing happens. To engage in the therapy process, we need to feel safe with the "3 P's": place, person, process. This necessary sense of safety is an individual decision often felt as a gut reaction in the beginning moments of connection. When you walk into the space do you feel safe and welcomed? When the therapist greets you do you feel her/his full presence and non-judging interest? Is there a sense of delight in the way you are greeted? Do you have a choice of therapy modalities? Do the therapy modalities interest you and bring a sense of hope? A phone conversation or an initial "meet and greet" session offers the opportunity to get a sense of the possibilities through asking specific questions and through a felt sense of the "3 P's". This is a step into the clarity needed to decide if you want to pursue work with a particular therapist.
Making the decision to begin therapy and choosing a therapist who is a fit is an individual process.