I am a psychotherapist in Austin, Texas, licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in both Texas (#201839) and California (#50454). As a psychotherapist, I provide individual therapy and family therapy. I have an MA Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, the first East-West transpersonal psychology graduate program. My specific orientation takes into account my on-going training in AEDP - Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (currently working on Level 2), attachment theory, Integral Psychotherapy, family systems, and both mindfulness and somatic-based techniques. AEDP is rooted in attachment theory, emotion theory, and interpersonal neurobiology and is a major component of my work. As an AEDP psychotherapist in Austin, I go beyond 'just talking' and work toward my clients having a visceral sense of change.
What does this mean to you? It means my approach is focused on what actually helps people change. My approach is experiential and incorporates the body, the focused attention and acceptance of mindfulness, the dynamic relationship between us that invites new ways of relating, and the processing of what was once overwhelming and unbearable in a safe and supportive environment. For this reason, I lean less toward injected interpretation and focus more on what is occurring in the present moment - where experience and change happens - all along trusting and facilitating the natural striving that I believe exists in each of us toward healing, growth, and vitality. Insight and meaning-making will rise organically from experience.
What does this look like? While my work is focused, what is most fundamental to me (and to the process) is that my clients always feel safe and that they also feel heard and understood. My approach is attuned to your pace and is unconditionally respectful and non-judgmental. I am authentic, present, and real in the room. I provide a lot of space for you to process and verbalize your experience while also helping you to slow down and bring awareness to what is emotionally alive in the present moment. Throughout a session, I will often ask you to pay close attention to what you are noticing emotionally and how you are feeling inside your body and in relationship to me. As anxiety or discomfort arises, I will be there to support you in regaining a sense of security in the room with me. While the inquiry of 'what do you notice' may seem challenging at first, I trust that you will discover a reservoir of internal strength and a wealth of innate knowledge just by paying closer attention to and staying with your internal experience.
Throughout my life, I have slowly peeled away layers of defense that have inhibited my growth and strained my intimate relationships. While these defenses protected me, they also kept out the nurturing I needed to heal and grow. With the discovery of mindfulness and psychotherapy, I discovered a connection within that anchored and centered me in my own strength and value. The relationship I had with myself became central. I was able to tolerate sitting with my own failings, anxiety, and longings and to allow those sides of myself to be seen by others. The ability to connect in such a compassionate way to myself became possible, however, only by receiving the compassion, necessary validation, and accurate reflection from people close to me, including my own therapist. Therapy provided a reparative and missing experience for me that truly changed the way I related to myself and the world. I bring a personal and in-depth understanding of attachment, change, and the search for the true self to my work. I am inspired to help others find strength in their vulnerability and to know deeply their innate value.
Throughout the last several years, I have worked with both men and women, couples, and families. I have worked with issues of: