For clients seeking psychotherapy only, I am a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Pennsylvania, practicing mindfulness-based, experiential, somatic psychotherapy.
Somatic (mind-body) psychotherapy integrates traditional and evidence-based therapeutic techniques with awareness of the body and present-moment experience. In session, you spend a little less time talking and a little more time focusing your awareness on your feelings (emotional and physical sensations), which are gateways to the unconscious. Here we are able to go beneath many of your thoughts and work more deeply.
“Soma” is a Greek word that means “the living body.” Somatic psychologists take a holistic approach, recognizing that the mind, body, spirit, and emotions are inextricably linked into what I refer to as the bodymind. Together we explore, in a mindful state, your nonverbal language, posture, and the way you carry yourself in order to understand the deep-down core beliefs that drive your moods and the behaviors that have helped you to cope with stress, adversity, and pain over the years.
My approach is direct, but gentle, as I facilitate an environment of compassion and non-judgment for the places where you’ve felt stuck. In fact, we honor your body’s wisdom in the ways it has protected you. I offer tools to help you feel safer in your body and regard it as an ally and a container to help hold, process, and release your emotions, old wounds, and even single-incident or developmental (complex) traumas.
In and outside of sessions, I emphasize safety and facilitate an environment where healing can unfold organically. Adhering to a nonviolent approach, we do not force change or “push through” fears. Somatic psychologists acknowledge that the human bodymind has an innate propensity towards wholeness and an ability to heal and grow in the same way a plant grows taller and leans toward the light when allowed a nourishing environment of sunshine, rain, and fertile soil.
Your eventual trust in me and the therapeutic process, our slow but steady pacing, and my ability to see you in the most positive light and witness your journey, will offer the environment your bodymind seeks to expand into wholeness and thrive in the world as your true self.
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*As a licensed psychotherapist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I adhere to the code of ethics established by the National Association of Social Workers and therefore do not engage in therapeutic touch with psychotherapy clients. I can, however, offer distance energy healing in session by request, without touch. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail me in advance.