I use a dynamic blend of approaches in my psychotherapy practice. I synthesize aspects of mindfulness, compassion-focused therapy, trauma informed parts work (internal family systems therapy/structural dissociation theory) and EMDR. In psychotherapy, you are the expert on what you need and I serve as a witness, warm presence and guide.
I see many clients who experience/have experienced trauma, neglect, challenging life contexts, chronic nervous-system hyper-arousal, difficulty regulating intense emotions and consistent low mood. These symptoms can lead to challenges in relationships, the workplace and the world at large.
In therapy you can expect to increase your ability to tolerate intense emotions, to experience curiosity and self-compassion, and to heal deep wounds. You can expect that your inner work will lead to an increased ability to face challenges and make decisions that support your wellness and increase your vitality.
During Yoga therapy sessions, you can expect a mix of working with physical postures, breathing exercises, mindfulness/meditation, and lifestyle support goal planning. I work with clients who experience a combination of psychological concerns (including but not limited to anxiety, depression, sleep concerns, fluctuating mood, grief and trauma-related symptoms), and medical concerns (including but not limited to chronic pain, low energy, auto-immune illness and loss of mobility). All practices are designed collaboratively and specified for your individual needs.
Mindful Self-Compassion is about extending yourself the same care when you are having a difficult time as you would someone you deeply care about.
Self-compassion can be cultivated through intentional mindfulness practices. Increased self-compassion has been found to improve many symptoms of psycho-social distress. Please consult seminal research on this topic here. Mindful Self-compassion practices can be explored on their own, or as compliments to any therapy.
Telephonic or video counselling can be an option for you if you live remotely, are experiencing a loss of mobility or a health condition, if you are on maternity leave and childcare is a concern or for any other barriers to face-to-face visits.