I work with individuals using Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma Therapy & Sex Therapy. My approach creates an empathic, non-judgmental & safe space where you are the expert of your experiences & where we can explore deeply the feelings, memories, thoughts & experiences you have. We will start wherever you are at & moving at your pace using my gentle but direct approach.
Explores how past & present relationships (often our earliest within our families, but encompassing all types of relationships) have shaped who we are, how we feel about ourself and how we act & feel when in relationships. We also explore the impact these relationships have on mental & emotional health, well-being & trauma symptoms (if present).
In relational therapy, we uncover & understand the repetitive beliefs, themes & patterns that show up in your life & relationships. Often this work includes talking about your feelings, thoughts & experiences, exploring your needs & discovering your boundaries to help develop a strong and secure sense of self. With this awareness, confidence & strength you can create new ways of being with others, cultivating the type of connections you want, facilitating deep healing & contributing to your overall well-being. This starts with & extends into the therapeutic work in our sessions together.
Allows us to work directly with your nervous system; tracking how yours is organized & how it responds to experiences. We will map signs of hyperarousal, hypoarousal & if present, trauma symptoms & survival/safety patterns. We find ways to bring mindfulness-based practices into session to explore present moment experiences, to reestablish your connection & relationship with your body & to understand the sensations, feelings, memories & wisdom inherent there.
We develop resources tailored to you to manage & integrate emotional & physical stress/distress; increase emotional regulation, your window of tolerance, confidence & skills; being present & working with (rather than fighting against) feelings, memories, symptoms & trauma; & decrease responses to triggers. It allows you to safely release what you’ve been holding on to that may no longer be serving you, including trauma that has been held stuck in the body.
Sex therapy can be different than other therapy modalities if what you are working on has a physical or physiological component. I combine relational & somatic psychotherapy methods to address the emotional & psychological components and explore the connections & disconnections, with practical & interventional strategies to work with the physical difficulties. The later is informed from my years as a Registered Nurse in women's (cis, trans, non-binary) sexual health. I use empowerment based frameworks to explore whatever it is you bring here to work through in the spheres of sex, sexuality, sensuality & eroticism. And a lot of gentleness through this vulnerable work.
My practice is grounded in the frameworks of intersectional feminism, anti-oppression, social justice, queer theory & harm/risk reduction. I am body positive, sex & kink positive, sex work positive, class conscious & anti-racist. I believe that 'the political becomes psychological/personal & vice versa'; this means I do my best to recognize & attend to the ways that privilege, power & marginalization affect personal & societal well being & connection/disconnection. This includes exploring how these dynamics are showing up between myself & the clients I work with.