How I work
As a queer, Third Culture clinician, I hold the perspective that bodies are not fixed states and we are constantly transitioning in ourselves, with different people and environments. I will engage you by exploring how you are generating your experience somatically and support you with forming new experiences that are potentially more satisfying and rich. I am best suited for clients who want a therapist that can both hold them accountable and hold them when life feels overwhelming.
At the core of my work, I hold the perspective that there is no "right" way to be human. Our therapy begins with how you are showing up, in this very moment. What are you telling yourself through your movements, or your stillness? Your gestures, postures, speech patterns and breathing are just some of the ways in which you speak to yourself. By working with how you are showing up in the moment with me, we discover what you are wanting to nourish and cultivate in therapy.
My practice is not about changing who you are, but in supporting you with growing a relationship to who you already are. Your body is our best teacher and I am excited about the possibilities we can grow together.
What is somatic psychotherapy?
Somatic Psychotherapy, derived from the Greek word "soma" (body), is a relational modality that supports individuals, couples and families in developing a self-knowing that is cultivated from one's bodily (somatic) experience of oneself.
Throughout our lives, we change and grow in response to our respective environments (including people), and sometimes, the responses we form eventually feel unsatisfying. These responses in turn, are initiated within the skin, muscle and organ layers of the body before we consciously recognize what we are doing or how we are doing it. Working with a somatic psychotherapist can support you (and/or your partner) in recognizing how you are generating your response as well as forming a bridge between the experiences you are generating internally and the manner in which you are living yourself externally.
When we start building a relationship between our thinking and feeling bodies, this creates a ground from which we can grow authentic power and agency in our lives.
My Somatic-Relational approach is largely informed by Formative Psychology, developed by Stanley Keleman, the founder of Center for Energetic Studies in Berkeley, California. This approach supports me with maintaining a frame in which I recognize that systems are simultaneously interdependent and influenceable.