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Individuals

I also am a big believer in working relation-ally. This means that rather then the traditional Freudian blank screen approach where the therapist is very passive and sits and listens and offers support but generally sits back and holds space for the client, I am much more interactive, and focus on the relationship between myself and my clients. I use the therapeutic relationship as a tool where the client can see how they play their issues out in real time in the room with me. This allows for a more experiential experience for the client, and leads to more rapid and powerful healing and growth. 

My work with individuals is informed by my holistic mind body spirit approach, allied to other methods of healing I have studied like Hakomi and AEDP.

I also am a big believer in working relation-ally. This means that rather then the traditional Freudian blank screen approach where the therapist is very passive and sits and listens and offers support but generally sits back and holds space for the client, I am much more interactive, and focus on the relationship between myself and my clients. I use the therapeutic relationship as a tool where the client can see how they play their issues out in real time in the room with me. This allows for a more experiential experience for the client, and leads to more rapid and powerful healing and growth. 

It also allows the client to practice in a safe space bringing forward their true, authentic Self. In my experience most suffering is caused by growing up in environments where for one reason or another, parts of us were accepted but others were very much not accepted. And then we spend our lives trying to fit into other people’s ideas of who we should be. So I encourage and help bring forward whatever feels most true and authentic to my clients and help them become who they want to be and not who they were told to be. 

My approach is not for everybody. I am much more engaged and interactive, and this suits some clients really well and others not. But if you’re seeking something a little different then your average therapist, I’d love to hear from you. 

I have also trained in EMDR and so am happy to work with those needing healing from Trauma, be that sexual, physical or emotional abuse, or other forms of trauma we can experience as adults. 

I have also trained in the Somatica Sex and Intimacy course, and consider myself very sex positive. I open to alternative lifestyles such as poly or Kink/BDSM relationships, and have a great deal of experience working with sexual issues. I am a member of Bay Area Open Minds, the kink and poly friendly therapists collective in the Bay, and welcome those who may have experienced lack of understanding or even judgement from other therapists about their lifestyle choices. 

And my preference is to work powerfully and deeply with my clients. I am best suited I feel to those who are ready to really make profound changes in their lives and to truly heal.

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Couples

 

Couples work is something that requires a different kind of sensitivity 

than working with individual.  I was privileged to have been supervised 

during a couple of years of my internship by Rob Fisher MFT, who is well

known as an authority and master of couples therapy, and I learnt a lot

from him.  Couples work allows for a great deal of here and now therapy

to take place.  I like to be interactive in couples work, using Somatic

and movement techniques to allow the couple to experience the dynamics 

of their relationship in ways that simply talking about things usually 

doesn’t achieve.


My recent training in AEDP attachment work has led me to see how much 

attachment and intimacy issues affect couples, and how seeing couples 

problems through this lens, and working to heal attachment/intimacy 

issues, can achieve deep healing and breathtaking improvements in 

relationships.


Being in relationship is often the most powerful way that our own blocks

and wounding come into play. Therapy can be a highly effective tool 

that helps couples to work through the issues that trouble them and 

allow them to move into deep, intimate and loving relationship with each

other.

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Families

Families are not a high percentage of therapy clients, often simply 

because of the logistical problem of getting a whole family able to meet

 at the same time and place every week or two. However, family therapy 

can be amazingly effective in helping to work out the often complex and 

confusing dynamics that play out in families. If your family is 

struggling for one reason or another (and there are many, many ways that

 this can happen), good therapy can oftentimes achieve remarkable 

improvements. I am not a big exponent of brief therapy, generally 

believing that achieving lasting change takes time, but in the case of 

family therapy, it can achieve considerable results in a very brief 

number of sessions. 


The usual assumption is that the problem lies within one family member. 

Although sometimes this is the case, more often, although the problem 

appears to be in one individual member of the family, it is actually 

something that involves the whole family.  Understanding the energetic 

dynamics of families, and being able to help to guide the family to 

solutions, requires an ability to track both the big picture and the 

minutia of the situation, and to see where the interventions need to 

occur.


Being able to do this requires experience. During the two years that I 

spent running the adolescent unit of a psychiatric hospital here in 

California, I worked with hundreds of families from every conceivable 

racial and ethnic background. The experience I gained from that has 

given me the kind of knowledge of families and their dynamics that 

enables me to achieve results.


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Adolescents

Adolescence is a difficult time for many, while  the transition is being

 made from childhood to adulthood. During this time, adolescents tend to

 question everything, especially authority, and are no longer willing to

 follow directions the way they may have before. It is also a crucial 

time, where having the right degree of freedom within a boundary of 

discipline enables them to feel safe while they learn to find that 

balance within themselves and grow into their potential.


I have a great deal of experience working with adolescents, having spent

 two years working in a group home for adolescents followed by another 

two years running the adolescent unit at a psychiatric hospital. I love 

to work with adolescents. I find that they greatly value authenticity, 

and respond well to those who are willing to take them and their views 

seriously. They have an energy and vitality, a desire to go out and 

explore the world that is refreshing and engaging.


Adolescence is also often a time when the increase in cognitive 

development allows individuals to begin to understand and express 

problems that may have gone unnoticed up to this point, and it can be 

really important to allow the healing to happen now, rather than have it

 go underground in the psyche where it can cause a lot of damage later 

in life.