I approach this work with compassion, curiosity and respect. Therapy is not something that's done to you, nor is it something you do alone. This is a road we walk together.
Mindfulness is a state of open and compassionate attending to our own experience as it unfolds moment by moment. In therapy, I use this state of consciousness as a way of bringing you into fuller contact with yourself, so that you can get beyond your habitual ways of thinking, and access deeper layers of innate knowing.
We experience the world through our senses and respond to it through movement. This is the first and most fundamental way that we experience ourselves. It is easy to get lost in thought, but by bringing awareness back into the body we tap into a vibrant landscape, rich with opportunities for exploration and growth.
I decided to become a therapist when I looked back at my life and realized that the moments when I had the opportunity to join someone on a journey of self-discovery where my most cherished ones, and I love being a therapist! In my work now, I weave together what I learned from each of the following experiences with my formal education in somatic psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and at the Hakomi Institute of California.
I fell in love with movement when I was twelve. Music in my bones, I flowed with the rhythm. I learned to express myself, and also to stand still and feel. Since then, I have studied many forms and genres of movement, and over the past several years have delved deeply into contact improvisation, which I now both practice and teach. This was my initiation into the wisdom of my body.
Before becoming a therapist, I spent several years working as an education specialist at the Exploratorium, where I was trained in inquiry learning theory. In inquiry, the teacher does not feed students information, but rather, seeks to nurture their natural and spontaneous curiosity, helping them harness it to explore the world, and supporting them in making sense of what they discover. This intimately informs how I approach therapy.
Along the way, I also worked as a birth doula. Assisting women and families through childbirth, my faith in the wisdom of the body, and awe in the human experience deepened even further.
ABOUT HAKOMI: Hakomi is a comprehensive psychotherapeutic approach that utilizes guided, compassionate self-inquiry as a tool for developing more knowledge, ease and mastery over yourself and your experience. Although I incorporate a variety of approaches in my work, the Hakomi principles form the foundation of what I do. You can learn more about the Hakomi method here.
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies
Hakomi Professional Training - Levels 1 & 2
Re-Creation of the Self
Hakomi Character Maps Special Training
Small Group Hakomi Mentorship
Hakomi Couples Therapy Training
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) - Externship
Psychotherapy and Touch - With Shirley Bar-Dvir