Licensed Professional Counselor
Grow after trauma, abuse, neglect; manage anger; communicate better; navigate change, conflict; relate to someone w/ a personality disorder
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2021
Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, Wicca/Paganism
My clients have experienced childhood or transgenerational trauma, abuse, neglect, and/or systemic oppression; cannot control anger or verbalize feelings; suffer shame; experience religious/spiritual/political change or conflict; and explore creative expression. I connect with students, activists, writers, teachers, creatives, techies, entrepreneurs. I attune closely to introverted, highly sensitive people and people relating to someone with a personality disorder. I enjoy working with families.
Families have a special place in my practice. They can be the most complex units and also the most generative because of their determinate historical--yet often not emotional and behavioral--structure. I am currently training more extensively in family therapy. I have worked effectively with several teenagers and young adults (ages 12-26) as well as parents and grandparents.
I have had enormous success working with anger issues in individuals of all ages. Managing anger means using anger in an adaptive way, when it is appropriate and in an appropriate manner, not extinguishing it. More important, anger management involves tolerating uncomfortable feelings such as fear and sadness that anger tries to repress. I have trained in anger management from perspectives including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and somatic therapy..
Trauma is an acute or chronic experience (e.g. assault, abuse) that overwhelms our ability to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, throws us off-kilter, and puts us into survival mode. It can leave our relationships and nervous systems in need of a way to recover, right our balance, and function healthily again. Symptoms include intrusive thoughts of harm and distressing memories, being. With adaptation and resilience, most of us are able to grow beyond the most grievous wounds.
Religion & spirituality are potentially helpful or harmful, sources of distress and stress or solace and sustenance. They can impede or foster resilience. Broad and open, religion/spirituality can nurture purpose and connection to other beings and a greater power than our selves; narrow and rigid, it can induce anxiety and shame. Interventions will develop internal and external support systems, explore beliefs that admit suffering, enhance joyful feeling, strengthen social connection.
My lifelong commitment since studying for a PhD in comparative religion has been focused on value conflicts and how to navigate them. In the past several years, divisions between political values in U.S. culture have widened considerably. Such divisions have split apart marriages, families, and workplaces. There are more and less effective ways of navigating the conflicts if not resolving them. My process honors difference and holds people to account. I am trained in Nonviolent Communication.
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