Art Therapy: I am a registered art therapist (ATR) and enjoy helping clients engage with their own creative energy to facilitate healing. This may look very different depending on the individual, but can include painting, drawing, collage-making, art journaling, photography, sewing, or sculpture/ mixed media. I generally use the “art as therapy” approach which means that the art-making process itself is healing, and the interpretation of the art piece is secondary. However, engaging with a finished piece of art to delve deeper into meaning can be quite revealing as well, so we may leave some time at the end of the session for verbal processing and dialoguing about the art. Art supplies will be available in the office or studio space, and art experience is not necessary to do art therapy.
EMDR: I have completed the basic EMDR training through the EMDR International Association. EMDR can help with the following conditions:
- single traumatic incidents such as a car accident, sexual assault, surviving a violent crime, witnessing violence
- complex trauma (multiple traumatic incidents such as having an abusive childhood, growing up in a dangerous or dysfunctional home, surviving incest and sexual abuse, wartime combat)
- Panic attacks
- Performance anxiety
Psychedelic Integration: integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness including psychosis and challenging psychedelic experiences.
substance abuse counseling for people in recovery and seeking therapy to help with relapse prevention, and for those who think they may have a problem with substance use and want to explore the possibility of quitting or reducing use.
mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy including DBT and mindfulness practice to gain awareness of underlying patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are causing problems and preventing growth.
yoga: I am a certified yoga teacher and incorporate body awareness, breathing, and meditation to help with stress management and healing. Trauma is not only in the brain, in the form of narrative memories. It is also present in the body in patterns of movement, chronic pain, tension, digestive trouble, headaches, and many other conditions. Practicing some basic yogic breathing techniques along with body awareness meditation may be used in conjunction with EMDR during therapy sessions.