When therapy first found me, I was suffering from unprocessed trauma from my childhood and a lack of connection to myself. I felt burdened by negative beliefs and disconnected from my body and feelings. I both longed for and feared intimacy with myself and others.
With the help of a knowledgable, caring, and supportive therapist, I slowly began the process of coming into relationship with myself. Over time I learned how to be curious about my experience, including my thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. I developed the capacity to tolerate sadness, anger, and pain, and as a result layers of negative conditioning from my childhood began to peel away- revealing inner strength, clarity, connection, and aliveness.
EMDR has been a major component in this process. With the support of a trusted therapist, EMDR made it possible to process previously stuck and inaccessible memories. Since EMDR opens up memory channels, I gained access to feelings, sensations, and beliefs from that time. This made it possible to process and release the trauma, resulting in less disturbance and an overall reduction in anxiety.
I received an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Integral psychology includes the whole being: body, mind, heart, and spirit in the healing process. I completed Basic training in EMDR through the Parnell Institute. I am a member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). I have a BSBA in Business Administration and Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and am Certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Santa Fe, NM.