I became a licensed marriage and family therapist because I believe healthy relationships are the foundation of a happy life. The challenges that arise from our relationships with intimate others, whether they are life partners, extended family, friends, or the people we work with make us aware of our deepest issues as humans.
When we understand how to regain stability and safety in our relationships and create happiness in our home life, we can find the support to take on challenges and achieve our goals. In nurturing relationships, our brains create neurochemicals that provide calm and well-being. The absence of healthy relationships creates challenges to our neurochemistry and therefore our bodies and minds.
When we live inside our bodies, not just our heads, we receive powerful information about what we need to thrive. From embodied awareness, we can find alignment with our mind, our heart and our intuition and actions taken with this alignment will always serve us well.
I believe that therapy can help you to feel safe in your body and life. To know and express your needs more clearly. To be able to both give and receive support. To stand with strength and independence and also allow others to help. To have a personal integrity that allows you to trust your word to yourself. To feel feelings and identify thoughts and know the difference between them. To know how to separate yourself from thoughts and behaviors that do not serve. To have a sense of healthy individuality that allows more authentic connection. To have more creativity and the inner freedom to express it. Therapy can help you to know and offer forth your particular gifts to the world in service and with freedom.
When held in a safe and caring counseling relationship, all the patterns that inhibit your highest and best can be studied with gentle compassion and curiosity. In that spirit, alternatives become possible, can be experimented with, and then adopted with the body, the mind and the heart.