I use a psychodynamic framework as the basis for my work. What this means is that we work together to better understand the WHY behind your patterns. Oftentimes, we HIDE important information, memories, and patterns within us as a way to cope and move on. I also inform my work in Internal Family Systems (IFS), recognizing the complex parts that were developed in service of survival and help to make up each human experience. We move towards each part of you, demonstrating curiosity and compassion towards our internal system in order to embrace and empower them. Feminist theory serves as the foundation for my therapeutic process, acknowledging and openly discussing the varying forms of oppression and intersectionality at play both inside the therapeutic space as well as in the client’s external life.
It is my hope that our work together will help you develop insight, bringing some of the unconscious to conscious awareness. It can help you gain a better understanding of how your past may be impacting your present. We go beyond "masking" or "solutionizing" the issue at hand, and work THROUGH it, all in a safe and supportive environment.
I am trained in EMDR (eye movement de-sensitization reprocessing). This approach can significantly assist reduce symptoms of trauma, low self esteem, grief, anxiety, perfectionism, and more.
Throughout our sessions, I will often check with you about how you are feeling and what you feel is helpful or not so helpful. I am all for empowering my clients to empower themselves! A lot of our work together will focus on developing insight and becoming curious to all the parts of you. By understanding and recognizing these parts of ourselves, we can recognize our patterns in relationships and how we navigate the world outside of therapy. This can then help us live more empowered and liberated lives.