Mindfulness and Somatic Awareness are the foundation of most adult sessions.
Jon Kabat Zinn defines the term this way: “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”
Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that through mindfulness we can learn to live in the present moment instead of in the past and in the future. Dwelling in the present moment is the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.
- Counseling and Therapy: I offer an eclectic approach that can include the modalities below. A sound therapeutic relationship is essential and more important than any technique. This relationship includes the fundamentals of acceptance, positive regard, and presence.
- Somantic Experiencing offers an experiential, naturalistic approach for addressing the underlying components of dysregulation. At higher levels, dysregulation can lead to trauma effects. It derives from an understanding that the results of trauma are incomplete survival states of fight, flight and freeze as well as deeply conflicted and overwhelming emotional states. I am a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and trained directly with Dr. Peter Levine. Click here for more on Somatic Experiencing and the Trauma Institute
- The Hakomi Method is an experiential therapy created by Ron Kurtz in the late 1970’s. It integrates modern body-centered methods with core principles of nonviolence, unity, organizity, mindfulness and body-mind integration. I completed Hakomi trainings, directly with Ron Kurtz in the early 1990’s. Please see the Hakomi Institute’s website
- Art Therapy In a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere, you can open to your own creative and expressive possibilities. The art-making with your thoughts, feelings, insights and associations, can help you identify and develop resources to deepen into who you really are, and translate into change in your life. You do not need any prior experience to explore this way of of deepening.
- EMDR: founded by Francine Shapiro, is designed to alleviate stress associated with traumatic memories. Bilateral eye movements or sound are used to access and process these memories. See emdr.com I often use this approach in combination with Somatic Experiencing.
My approach is heart-centered and eclectic, drawing from extensive education and experience in state-of-the-art modalities and personal immersion in meditation and spirituality.
Please see the American Art Therapy Association’s website for more information.