I offer psychotherapy to adult individuals and couples who are seeking healing and reside in either North Carolina or California.
I am inspired by Stephen Levine’s definition of healing from Healing into Life and Death. Healing, he states,
“is what happens when we come to our edge, to the unexplored territory of mind and body, and take a single step beyond into the unknown, the space in which all growth occurs. Healing is discovery.”
I am also inspired by what Rainer Maria Rilke’s writes about love in Letters to a Young Poet,
“For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.”
I see psychotherapy as a valuable opportunity to learn and grow as an individual or as a couple beyond where you have been with the support and guidance of a trained professional.
The kind of psychotherapy I practice is collaborative, holistic, engaging, individualized, flexible, mindfulness-based, and experiential. It’s not your typical talk therapy. I weave in mindfulness-based exercises as appropriate. They are intended to engage your mind and body in specific ways that help us to learn about your autonomic nervous system and help your mind, heart, and body to heal. While the goal is to address whatever problem led you into therapy, the meta-objective is almost always teaching your nervous system how to settle and regulate itself.
Over the course of therapy, you will:
- Become more self-aware.
- Learn how to be more mindful not just in session but also in your every day life.
- Gain insight into what is generating the problem that brought you into therapy.
- Become an expert on your own nervous system, especially its habits and patterns.
- Learn new life skills and management strategies.
- Discover what your mind, heart, and body need in order to heal.
- Have new and/or different experiences of receiving the healing you seek.
It is my intention that you leave therapy having resolved whatever problem brought you into therapy and having learned what you need to know in order to prevent it from happening in the future. Your current problem is an entry point for the kind of learning, healing, and growth that builds resilience, grit, and resources that will serve you for the rest of your life.