I am a psychotherapist in private practice working with men and women of all ages with various issues. I have training in helping people resolve trauma and use an individualized approach to deal with a wide range of issues from coping with divorce, major life changes, accidents/disaster victims and past sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse. I also have many years experience in working with depression, anxiety as well as supporting others in their personal growth. I have a former specialty with children and teens and continue to see this population on a case by case basis; however, I most of my work is with individual adults. Now let me tell you a bit more about my personal journey…
I have always been fascinated by human thought and behavior and so it was an easy and natural decision to move into this field. In fact, looking back, I realize I had been a therapist-in-training long before I ever attended my first psychology class.
My interest in incorporating the body into therapy has been a natural extension of growing up with a Mother who taught Yoga for over 30 years. Having had a lot of experience in how the body can affect the mind and vice versa, I set out on a journey to create a nexus of healing that would benefit my clients and myself. I first received advanced training in EMDR. This is a powerful and often very effective technique. It has become an integral part of my practice and has helped people attain valuable and lasting results.
I then earned my certification in Bioenergetics. Originally developed by Alexander Lowen, MD, in the 1950s, Bioenergetics is an extension of the previous work of Wilhelm Reich, the grandfather of all body-centered therapies. Through this work, I have learned a great deal about my own body and resolved much of my own emotional pain. Though Bioenergetics isn’t for everybody, it can be a powerful catalyst to deep emotional healing when appropriate.
I also have a year of training in Psychodrama. Though the term could evoke some less-than-healing images, it is just another approach to therapy that involves a creative form of role play to facilitate a deeper understanding of one’s relationships to self and others.
Every therapist has her or his own personal and professional style. In an effort to describe mine, I would say my approach is both personal and eclectic. Each individual that enters my office comes in with a unique history and perspective, and I make a conscious effort to understand and become familiar with their very personal experience of life. No one approach works for everyone. That’s why I like having many “tools in my toolbox.” I work with each person to get clear on his or her goals and together we develop a clinical strategy to work toward a common purpose. Though some people seek a more directive approach, while others require more validation and support, my personality generally reflects a gentle, empathic approach. Ultimately, I consider myself somewhat of a wilderness guide with a flashlight, perhaps just one step ahead of my client providing light and focus where needed.
I have worked in my own private practice for over 20 years and having spent most of my life in Sarasota, I am very grounded here and grateful to live in such a beautiful place.