About me

When I first began therapy, I was shut down and suffering from unprocessed trauma from my childhood and a lack of connection with 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 empathetic therapist whose style is also direct and confrontational, I learned how I impact others and to be curious about that, rather than judgmental with myself. I developed the capacity to tolerate some sadness, anger, and pain, and to understand the way my psyche is organized to protect me from the pain of the past. With this knowledge I could begin to get past my defensive layers and learn how to open up and develop closeness with myself and others for the first time. 

EMDR and relational therapy (focus is on the relationship between the therapist and client) have been main players in this process. With EMDR I learned how to begin to tolerate body sensations and feelings. This made it possible to process overwhelming affects in the body. In relational therapy, I learned how I impact others as well as my judgments, including the walls I put up inside of myself and with others. This helped me to begin to see myself and how my pain and defensive layers keep me hidden and alone.  

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.