In approaching illness, and healing from illness, one of our first thoughts is often, “how can I make this go away?” Illness can motivate us to make changes to relieve the discomfort, the […]
Life is a great Mystery – sometimes grand, sometimes mundane, sometimes elating, sometimes disheartening. At times it is full of wonder; at other times we just wonder. We cannot know ahead of time what all the twists and turns will be. It’s a gamble. We roll the dice and don’t know what we will get. And yet hopefully, we keep coming back to life saying “Yes,” willing to roll the dice again. We try again each day, despite the uncertainty. At times we even celebrate the uncertainty.
In this unfolding of our lives, we are ultimately on our own (and not). We can only unravel this mystery for ourselves. Nobody can fathom the deepest purposes of another’s life. And yet, we can also walk with each other on these journeys. We are not alone, really. And in walking together, we can share this journey, and learn with each other, and even help each other.
My goal as a therapist, as a guide or facilitator of the unfolding Self, is but a tiny part in the full and unique life of each person I work with. My intention is to see and nurture your light, your creativity, and your truth, and to help you achieve your goals. I am also comfortable sitting with you in the darkness, with the pain, and not turning away. There are unseen treasures there, though it certainly doesn’t feel that way. We are both the light and the dark, and both are essential.
You contain within you, all that you need to create a life that you love. My role is that of co-conspirator in that effort. We will work together toward creating vibrant health, freedom of expression, joyful movement, or whatever it is you’d like to bring forth. You are stronger than your history, and I will encourage you to dream boldly for your future, and live with courage and awareness in the present.
We may work within a structured format, or our work may have a more free-flowing nature. I am flexible to what will best serve you. I know that in order for you to grow, you will need both safety and challenge. I will be straightforward and open in all our work together. I have faith in the healing power of nature, and the healing power within each of us. We will work to build that faith in yourself as well, if it has waned. My goal is for you to feel capable of directing your life (as much as that is really possible), steering and managing and growing through the many turns it will take. When we can experience life more as an adventure and less as a burden… well, that’s when life gets a bit more livable, and even lovable.
“Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.” ~ Alfred Adler
My style of counseling is born out of a great interest and care for people and the stories of their lives. Compassionate yet challenging, I am committed to being a solid support as you strive to make real changes in your life. We will work to loosen the hold of unconscious patterns, generating awareness and a greater sense of freedom of movement. I work with individuals, couples, families and children. We will address any mental health concerns, as well as the mental, emotional and spiritual components of any chronic illnesses that plague you.
As a naturopathic physician, I bring all the tools of a primary care physician to helping you achieve your health goals. We will look closely at all aspects of your lifestyle, as well as any necessary lab work. Nutrition, mind-body medicine and lifestyle counseling will be important aspects of our work together. I happily consult with other doctors or providers you are working with or have worked with in the past. All of this is under your control.
One might call this a walking therapy session. It is perhaps more akin to a ceremony. Join me for an hour walk around a circle while we allow the wisdom of Nature to join with what it is in our hearts to explore. We will connect with the spirit of change, the spirit of the circle, and learn to see our questions from multiple perspectives. Gaining greater understanding not just through the mind, but through body, spirit and heart as well.
This form of bodywork is a profound, subtle, and often an extremely relaxing experience. I have found it to be a compelling method for bringing balance between mind, body and spirit. It is also a gateway for greater communication between body, mind and spirit. Additionally, people who are in too much pain for massage find it a very beneficial and healing form of bodywork (i.e. recent accident or trauma).
I have worked extensively with some of the most troubled and challenged children and adolescents. I am also a parent myself. I believe that it truly does take a village to raise a child. We should not be struggling alone. I have a particular expertise in working with single, divorced and co-parenting situations.
Experiential and Insightful. Expect to be challenged, and expect to have fun. These workshops provide tools and experiences for personal discovery, as well as adventures in expanding creativity and community.