My orientation is eclectic, integrating Imaginal Psychology, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Somatic, and Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) tools. In our work together, we will work on identifying the ways your critical self-talk relates to your eating disorder, addiction, blocked creativity, depression, anxiety, or codependence. Through compassionate mirroring, pragmatic cognitive behavioral tools, expressive arts, spiritual practice/mindfulness, listening to your body's wisdom, and developing support, you will learn how to strengthen your ability to be with uncomfortable emotions. You will learn how to be both more present and fiercely compassionate with yourself, no longer needing to compulsively eat, binge, restrict, purge, or engage in other behaviors that block your growth in becoming a fuller human being.
The modalities I have been trained in include expressive arts (drawing, collage, writing, movement, sand tray dialogue, meditation) along with talk psychotherapy. With expressive arts, you are invited to not “be an artist” in the sense of critiquing what you make or who you are, but to explore what emotions you are experiencing, who you are in this moment, and who you want to become. It's not about making good art. It's about becoming more authentically who you are.
I also encourage 12 step participation where appropriate.
My current level of training and scope is as a Post Doctoral Registered Psychological Assistant under the supervsion of Dr Deborah Brenner Liss, Licensed Psychologist PSY 9452 at the APTED clinic.