Treatment Approach/Areas of Expertise
Within the therapeutic relationship, art can be utilized as a new language for communication, a mirror for reflection, and a container for complex emotions. I walk alongside clients in their creative process using methods like drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage, mixed media, and more. No previous artistic ability is required. Years of art therapy education, training, research, and practice have helped me understand how to harness the power of art-making as a tool for therapeutic growth and change.
Some of our earliest attachments with caregivers influence our current worldview, and our relationships with friends, family, and significant others. Humans are wired for connection and, when those connections are disrupted or deemed untrustworthy, it can harm our emotional and social development. Attachment therapy helps people build trust in relationships with others and themselves. By doing so, individuals can develop greater affect regulation through the development of safe, secure attachment relationships.
Mindfulness is a practice of attending to the present moment and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness practice has been scientifically proven to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. Meditation is a practice of training your mind to focus and redirect thoughts. Meditation can help increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings, leading to greater ease and relaxation. By cultivating a mindfulness/meditation practice both in and out of therapy sessions, clients can become more self-aware and learn how to respond to thoughts, feelings, and sensations as messengers for our deeper-felt needs.
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
Interpersonal neurobiology is founded on the belief that the human brain is a complex, ever-evolving organ capable of continuous growth and adaptation. That means humans are capable of changing cognitive, behavioral, physiological, and social-relational patterns throughout the lifespan. IPNB explores the way lived experiences and relationships impact the mind and body connection, and then focuses on improving the brain's ability to communicate with itself and with the body through neural integration. Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, clients develop new ideas, attitudes, behaviors, or self-knowledge to sculpt the brain into a more integrated state for greater balance and mental wellness.