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Colorado Psychotherapist # NLC.0107681
I work with people who are looking to feel connected to themselves and others, no longer limited by the patterning, conditioning, stories, triggers, attachment styles and past pains that have been interfering with who and how you want to be. The foundation of my therapy and coaching is to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore, heal and grow so that you can live your preferred expressions of self.
I see you as the expert of your life and experiences, and I see my role as a support, catalyst, guide and companion on your journey of transformation. I prefer swimming in the deep waters with people and I cherish and respect the uniqueness of everyone’s process.
I integrate different therapeutic approaches to assist you in the growth and changes you seek. Modalities of focus include:
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is based on 50 years of research into human bonding and 30 years of research into helping couples connect and thrive. EFT offers a clear map to the territory called love and can empower couples by showing them new systematic ways to take control of dances of disconnection and conflict and help each other move into the open close embrace that is a secure loving bond. EFT also helps families who are in distress and individuals who want to understand how they connect with others and how best to deal with their needs for support from others.
Narrative Therapy is a non-pathologizing approach that is based on the notion that we make meaning of our lives through the stories we live. These stories are constructed within the larger narratives that make up our social, political, and interpersonal contexts and they literally shape our reality. People often come to therapy when they experience themselves as living in stories that are dominating and restricting the possibilities in their own lives. Our work together involves co-authoring and facilitating experiences of new stories that are more empowering, aligned with your values, and create more possibilities for your relationships and life.
Somatic Practice is an approach that incorporates a person’s mind, body, spirit, and emotions in the healing process. Since many of our past pains and the patterns we play out are held in our body, simply talking about them does not always bring about the shift and changes we desire. So in addition to talking together, we will also focus on tuning into your body awareness as a way to gather more information, deepen our work, revise old patterns, and re-wire more preferred ways of being.
Trigger Work - Whether it’s about work, money, our body or relationships, we all get triggered and are temporarily at the mercy of our primitive flight/fight/freeze survival response. Additionally if you've experienced trauma(s) or attachment disruptions your nervous system can be primed to get triggered more easily. Because of this, being triggered can cause substantial interference in our life and relationships, which has motivated me to create a Trigger Process were we journey into the depths of an emotional trigger in order to learn from it, heal what it is pointing to, diffuse its charge and realign with your ability to respond instead of react.
Relationship Coaching and Therapy is based on the synthesis of my trainings in conflict resolution and family mediation, Non-Violent Communication, Attachment Theory and the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (which emphasizes the role of normal developmental stages in relationships from Symbiosis to Synergy instead of focusing on pathology).
LGBTQI and Poly Friendly - I know how navigating the world as a person who does not neatly fit into the more traditional ways that gender, sexuality and relationship orientation have been defined can be challenging, and because of this, finding someone who understands and welcomes the nuances of your experience is extremely important. I value working with people who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Non-Binary, Gender fluid, Trans or anywhere on the spectrum of non-heteronormativity, as well as people who are exploring or are already in polyamorous or other multiple-partner relationships. When you walk into my office, you can rest assured that you will be met with acceptance and compassion.
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