Professional Counselor Associate
Supervisor: Stephen Keeley
Hello, I currently have an opening for a client wanting to start by meeting on a weekly basis. Please drop me a line to discuss.
PO Box 68887
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2019
I specialize in working with neurodivergent adults (autistic, ADHD, etc). I also specialize in helping people adjust to visible and invisible disabilities such as chronic illness/pain or physical injuries. I also enjoy working with artists, musicians, and other creative types, as well as anyone looking to integrate mind and body and incorporate mindfulness into their life.
I have completed training and a year-long internship in Hakomi Mindfulness-based Body-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and largely draw from this approach. This involves using mindfulness and nonjudgmental curiosity during therapy sessions to connect to your somatic (bodily) experience and how they connect to your emotions to heal wounding.
Trauma (from big events to the accumulation of smaller invalidating experiences) is stored in the body, as is resilience and the potential for healing. By learning how to listen to and follow your body's cues, you can heal in ways that may be less accessible to traditional talk therapy. I am currently in a three-year training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practioner.
With your consent, I use mindfulness during therapy sessions to guide you toward your present experience and learn how to use mindfulness during everyday life to be more present and fulfilled.
Well, we don't use the term "Aspergers" anymore, but there is no option for autism or neurodiversity. I work with neurodivergent clients from an affirming lens. Being autistic is not the problem; the problem is we live in an ableist culture that centers neurotypical experience. So I focus on understanding my neurodivergent clients' experiences, working with their strengths, and helping them with changes they wish to address, rather than what society deems as "appropriate" or "normal."
My training in working with people who have disabilities includes chronic pain/illness, which can be particularly tricky to navigate when these disabilities are not 'visible' to others. Many people with chronic pain/illness can feel alone and misunderstood by their medical providers, family, friends, and employers.
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