“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”- Rumi
My creative, in-depth, process-oriented approach to psychotherapy is rooted in transpersonal psychology. Transpersonal psychology includes the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of being human, and goes beyond to embrace our more universal identities and our spirituality. I hold unconditional acceptance, compassion, and the belief that we all intrinsically move toward health and wholeness. My strength-based philosophy focuses on psychological wellness and basic sanity rather than on pathology. I consider symptoms to be messengers, directing needed attention toward areas of imbalance in our lives. I employ a variety of techniques such as guided visualization, dream work, mindfulness meditation, art therapy, body wisdom, and energetic healing. I view my role as a witness, a guide, and an authentic presence to accompany clients along their healing paths.
Because making art has always plays a major role in my own personal growth, I understand its healing capacity firsthand. By working with art materials alongside an art therapist, reflecting upon the creative process, and relating to the finished product, clients can increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms, and enjoy the life-affirming delight of creation. The art process begins with the nebulous ingredients of emotions, thoughts, ideas, and unconscious material. Through the application of art materials, these unseen forces take concrete shape and form. As a registered art therapist, I am extensively trained to guide each of my clients through the process of interpreting her or his own personal meaning from the art produced and integrating these newfound discoveries into his or her life. To learn more about what art therapy is and how it can help, click here.
Reiki helps to deepen awareness of your body’s energy system, or chakra system. As a Reiki Master, I apply the ancient healing methods of Reiki to support you in achieving balance. Reiki is a gentle and powerful hands-on healing technique where the practitioner guides universal energy to restore balance in the body, mind, and spirit. I offer private Reiki sessions independent of therapy, and I also incorporate energetic counseling and the wisdom of the chakra system into art therapy sessions.
In addition to my practice, I am thrilled to offer customized, creative blessing ceremonies to help women celebrate the transition into motherhood (whether through pregnancy, surrogacy, or adoption – whether it’s your first baby or your sixth.) A blessing ceremony is a gathering of loved ones for the purpose of honoring the mother-to-be by acknowledging this profound rite of passage. This ancient ritual is rooted in surrounding the mom-to-be with an empowering circle of support during this profound milestone. Together we can co-create rituals and activities that will help to honor this pivotal time for you (or for a mom-to-be who you love and wish to celebrate in this way.) The blessing ceremony can be its own celebration or can become a part of a baby shower, if you choose. I come to you, provide all art materials, and officiate this sacred event. For more details about this offering, please visit heARTfulblessing.com.