What can I expect in therapy?
I approach therapy from a collaborative stance. You are the expert in your life, and I am the expert in the process of guiding you toward the life you want to live. Through open dialogue, we work together to craft and reach your therapy goals.
In addition, I offer the following healing modalities to those who are interested in exploring these avenues. These are optional additions to enrich our therapeutic work. Please let me know during our initial consultation or early on in our work together if any of these avenues feel right to you.
Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice that dates back over 40,000 years. Shamans believe that everything that exists has a spirit with which we can communicate. Shamanic journeying involves entering a state of altered consciousness (using shamanic drumming) to access the spirit worlds and communicate with your known compassionate helping spirits for the purpose of receiving information, guidance, and healing.
Shamanic Drum Healing
The shaman’s drum is also known as the “shaman’s horse” because it is the vehicle by which the shamanic practitioner travels to spirit worlds. But the drum has another purpose: it is a healing tool as well. Drumbeats are vibrations—the movement of energy. Because we are energetic beings, we too benefit from the healing vibrations of the drum. Shamanic drum healing is particularly helpful when you are feeling stuck or when energy is not flowing smoothly through your body.
My experience as a Certified Transformational Life Coach (CLC) can function as a supplement to psychotherapy when you are in a state of transition. You may be transitioning from one job to another. You may be moving into or out of a significant relationship. You may be changing locations and moving away from your supportive community. Life coaching offers specific, goal-oriented approaches to prepare you for the future—in mind, body, and spirit.
As a life-long writer, I believe that writing and journaling are essential tools in therapy. I encourage all clients to keep journals of their experiences both in and out of the therapy room. How you choose to do this is up to you: You can record events like a reporter, write elaborate prose, draw, doodle, make lists… Recording your dreams is highly encouraged.
I use pure essential oils that are specifically selected to support your journey. Oils are also available for purchase at a discount. (doTERRA Certified Essential Oil Specialist/Distributor #8846880)
The comic artist’s purpose is to hold a mirror up to society to reflect its follies and vices, in the hope that they will, as a result, be mended. —Cyrus Henry Hoy, Encyclopaedia Britannica
It may seem unusual to see humor and comedy listed as healing modalities. The word humor means both the quality of being amusing and a state of mind. Levity in general has a powerful effect on our states of mind and, consequently, our healing. Comedians not only reflect the human condition—thereby creating experiential unity—but our resulting collective laugher opens up emotional, physical, and spiritual channels that allow us to accelerate healing. You will find a few comedy recommendations on the Resources page.