I use a psychodynamic lens to help you identify what past and present conditions are determining your choices, what beliefs and assumptions, both conscious and unconscious, have settled into habits of being that no longer serve you. Together we can explore how old relational patterns rooted in early attachments come between you and a more satisfying way of life, and then work to change those patterns at a pace that feels right for you.
I also use CBT and mindfulness approaches to help you regulate emotions and gain perspective on self-defeating thoughts. Both of these approaches facilitate the development of an observing consciousness that can witness rather than fully identify with negative thoughts and emotions. I bring my experience of using mindful self-compassion in my own life to bear on my work, and if you feel comfortable, I can lead you in simple exercises designed to increase tolerance for negative states and promote self-acceptance through compassion.
For those states of mind that are difficult to put into words, I provide sandplay therapy, a tactile, three-dimensional image-based modality that can safely illuminate aspects of self that long to be seen and understood. By arranging small figures and objects in a shallow sand tray, you can explore through visual sense and active imagination themes that otherwise elude verbal representation.
My work with children is based in play therapy, a child-centered, nondirective approach, and involves provision of the sort of relationship and materials (toys, props, art supplies, sand tray) children need to explore and express themselves. Play therapy has been shown to be effective across a broad range of issues; it works to foster self-responsibility through the repeated experience of choices made in the therapeutic context, its acceptance and its limits. My training in child-centered work has focused intensively on the use of Sandplay, a method that children often love.
I am also trained in the use of EMDR, a contemporary approach to processing traumatic memories. EMDR helps to foster connectivity between different hemispheres and functions of the brain, building bridges between painfully isolated trauma memories and the more adaptive adult perspectives that can spontaneously emerge during processing.