I offer individualized counseling intended to meet the unique needs, strengths and challenges of my clients. A main theme of this work is each client discovering ways to live with greater comfort, self-compassion, confidence and freedom in mind, body and relationships. I tend to believe that people contain the ingredients for joy and thriving within themselves. But we can all lose our connection to our sense of well-being, and the wise among us reach out for support in those times- it’s a skillful thing to do.
I commonly weave mindfulness, meditation and yoga-based practices into the counseling process. My clients have found that combining the cognitive or insight part of therapy with the body-based practices creates a best-of-both-worlds effect. Yoga-based breathing practices are targeted to regulate the nervous system. The creativity of weaving a mix of approaches for each client is one of the things that makes my job ever-changing and energizing for me.
I’ve had the good fortune to learn about mental health and wellness in pretty diverse settings, from homeless shelters and psychiatric hospitals, including the Psychiatric Emergency Service of Cambridge Hospital, to meditation and yoga centers. That wide range of experiences allows me to draw on an array of options and practices in therapy.
Some of my areas of expertise and experience are:
- Strength-based approaches and positive psychology focusing on growing the skills of thriving
- Mindfulness and meditation informed counseling
- Mind/body techniques to empower clients to feel confident in mind, body and nervous system
- Kripalu Yoga
- Vipassana meditation
- Stress management coaching
- Addiction counseling, including support utilizing and understanding the 12-step model
- communication coaching for individuals and couples
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy
A few key ideas about therapy for me are:
- Understanding how we each create suffering in our reactions to the world
- Understanding these unhelpful reactions in mind and body brings greater freedom and skillfulness
- We can cultivate positive patterns in mind, body, behavior and relationships (this can be called “Positive Psychology”)
- Therapy is most effective when it combines discussion, understanding and direct experience; and when it combines mind and body
A lot of value of therapy comes from clients taking an active role, including practicing the concepts and techniques in the “real world” between our meetings. I often suggest homework of practice, articles to read, and talks to listen to between meetings.