A BIT ABOUT MY APPROACH
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist which means I have specific training in relationships of all types. I received my education from the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA where I had a full time private practice for several years before moving inland to Denver, CO in 2018. My specific training was in Somatic Psychotherapy which means I value the significance of the physical and energetic body and it's connection to our emotions, behaviors, and relationship to self and other.
I am authentic. I am direct. I am a bright light worker with magnificent heart. I begin with presence in the body. In this presence, I find the beginning of how you came to be, then repair in order to pave where you'd like to go.
I believe we must explore the whole person, especially the young one inside and where they are in life - physiologically, psychically, behaviorally, and spiritually - before we can decide where we're going. I do this by observing, tracking and interacting with your cognitive, physical and energetic subtle being. Sometimes I use touch and table work. When using the body (soma) and spirit in the present moment, self awareness develops, regulation is experienced and truths are often revealed more readily than just via our verbal mind. Where traditional talk therapy can sometimes only get us so far, my approach attempts to repair the preverbal, the wiring in the brain and nervous system that didn't get to develop to their fullest potential early on.
Life is about evolving out of dissatisfying "ways of being" and adapting to different behaviors and postures which feel better. Often times, these maladaptive ways of being got wired internally within our first five years of life. With my intuitive touch and guidance and your increased mindfulness and self awareness, including the body, choices appear when in the past we might have felt a victim to life, our emotions, and/or relationships. Using a holistic, Somatic, intuitive approach (versus only cognitions), helps us better understand our relationship to ourselves, emotions, and our world. From there, the path you've been on and the one you'd prefer to walk become more clear and possible.
Because we are all unique, my Somatic Psychotherapy is tailored to the individual and I meet the client where they are. My training has focused on Somatic (Body-Oriented) Psychotherapy and I am influenced by my 20+ years as a Yoga Instructor and Practitioner, iRest® Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness practices, Laws of Attraction, Co-Regulating Touch Somatic Practice with Kathy Kain and Stephen J. Terrell, Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Strength Based Therapy, Humanistic Psychology, Expressive Arts, Gestalt, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I've worked at a variety of settings including:
University of Colorado, Denver
Chanda Center for Wellness
Private Practice San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO
California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
Womens Recovery Association, Burlingame, CA
California Counseling Institute, San Francisco, CA
The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, San Francisco, CA
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Kansas City, MO
Greenpath Yoga, San Francisco, CA
The Mindful Body, San Francisco, CA
Alvarado Elementary School, San Francisco, CA
Talk Line, San Francisco, CA
Kid's Turn, San Francisco, CA
Maya Yoga, Kansas City, MO
Accessible Arts, Kansas City, MO
Evanston YMCA Battered Women's Shelter, Evanston, IL
Unity Spiritual Center, Evanston IL & Kansas City, MO
Education, Certifications and Professional Memberships
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado #1479
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California #48163
American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists Approved Supervisor
The Somatics of Emotions (Kathy L. Kain & Tony Richardson)
Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists (Kathy Kain, Somatic Experiencing)
Somatic Resilience and Regulation (Kathy Kain & Stephen Terrell, Somatic Experiencing)
American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists Clinical Fellow
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
International Association of Yoga Therapists
Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher
California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco: MA Somatic Psychotherapy
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: BA Dual Major Political Science and Communications
iRest® Yoga Nidra Level I
World School of Massage 200 Hour Certification