Grounded. Present. Open. These are the three words used most often to describe me.
I am a trauma-informed somatic psychotherapist.
My journey started with dance and unfolded through art. Both, in my view, are excellent ways to express that which cannot be easily verbalized.
From an early age, I danced ballet. Dance was a way for me to be witnessed when words were not something that came easily to me. My dance journey broadened and brought me into more authentic movement styles in which I was able to tap into a freedom of expression that came from within.
Art was another medium for me to access nonverbal ways of communicating. I will never forget my photography teacher who gave us the assignment, “What lies within.” This changed how I thought about art. Art became a medium to express parts of my identity that I did not have the courage to convey in words.
Working with paint allowed me to explore color as an expression of emotions. My goal with art is not about creating the most aesthetically pleasing piece of art. It is about creating something that when I look at it, I know that it holds a true inner part of me that needed a way to come out.
Philosophy and approach
For years, I struggled with physical ailments and injury, which deepened my journey into my body. In my search for healing, I worked with countless practitioners that taught me how to listen to and notice my body in more subtle ways. I learned how the emotions and stress that I was holding and burying deep down were actually burying themselves into my body. It manifested as chronic tension and physical imbalances.
One of the hard learned lessons from my journey has been that no matter how many healers I sought out, healing was not something that could be handed to me. I didn’t have to have all the answers, but ultimately it was up to me to heal myself. I had to be ready to do the hard work, to do the inner work, and make lifestyle changes that supported a healthier body and life.
As your therapist, I will help make a safe space for any material to be processed, whether it is present life stressors or a past history of trauma. This is an embodied practice, and your body tells the story of its experiences. I’m here to help us listen deeper to its story.
I do not have a singular approach to therapy. Instead, I remain flexible, adapting to the what arises between us and in our session. Modalities that I am drawn to include traditional talk therapy, mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing, breathwork and gesture, art therapy, and dance movement therapy. I maintain a gentle but unwavering presence.