“Therapy is a little like time travel.”
Therapy is a little like time travel. You can pause where you are to recreate and redirect scripts from the past, shaping their influence on both the present and the future.
Together we will look at how we construct meaning from our life experiences. We can apply a fresh perspective to these experiences, beginning a learning process that can change your life in exciting and unexpected ways.
I specialize in family of origin issues, boundary issues, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, and relationship issues past, present, and future. I offer honest and caring feedback in a nurturing environment using talk therapy as well as action methods such as psychodrama and sociometry.
Whether you are participating in individual or group therapy, I will encourage you to discover new resources, create new roles, and pursue alternative life choices that replace outdated habits and life patterns that no longer work for you.
I also facilitate psychodrama groups—a playful approach to therapy which encourages spontaneity through action. Psychodrama translates as “the drama of the soul.” Your “soul story” can be rescripted into something that fits who you really are, regardless of your past or present circumstances. Psychodrama addresses problems, situations, and any other issues through a form of action in which new solutions and creative possibilities can emerge. This combination of theater arts and therapy provides a supportive environment to try out new roles and practice new behaviors, as well as to experience your own spontaneity.
By combining theater arts and therapy we can help each other:
- create novel behaviors for old situations
- rehearse and perform new roles
- experience support and feedback in a nurturing environment
“Group therapy is a way to address the kind of social isolation that seems to plague our culture.”
One of my goals is to heal both the individual and our greater society through the creativity and connectedness that groups can generate. I believe that group therapy is especially effective in working with trauma, anxiety disorders, abandonment issues, and developing positive social skills and experiences.
I have been in private practice since 2001. I received invaluable training in grief and loss counseling as a volunteer for SHANTI, an organization that supports people who are terminally ill.
I have also volunteered for Crisis Clinic and Eastside Mental Health (presently Seattle Mental Health). While pursuing my graduate degree at LIOS, I embraced a systemic approach to therapy. I am also a certified practioner of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy.
By exploring the past and present systems in which a person operates, I am able to map certain narratives which may be flawed or outdated. I take a holistic direction with clients, helping them create new narratives based on who they are becoming and supporting behavioral changes that build a more solid and confident self.
I also facilitate groups to help people learn ways to be authentic with each other and to experience the support that meaningful relationships can bring to their lives.
Areas of expertise
- Relationship issues
- Grief and loss
- Abandonment issues
Psychodrama is a social/psychological theory which recognizes that people operate within the context of other people. It is a method which utilizes guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised in a group. Clients role-play and enact various scenes including memories of past events, unfinished situations, inner dramas, fantasies, dreams, preparations for future risk-taking situations, or expressions of feeling states in the here and now.
Techniques such as role reversal help clients stand in the shoes of others, gaining insight and empathy from these new perspectives. Group can be a place where clients can try new behaviors and engage in honest feedback and creative problem solving with other group members in a supportive and nurturing environment.
All group members are healing agents for each other. We explore the relationships between group members in order to learn how we are connected with our community and how we might want to interact in new ways. Psychodrama can also help clients feel like they are not alone and isolated. One of the main goals of this action-oriented modality is to help people find spontaneity in order to have access to creative approaches to life problems and situations. J.L. Moreno, the founder of psychodrama, called the method “Kindergarden for Adults.” He saw it as a method to help us re-awaken our spontaneity, the life force that empowers us to live from the inside while encountering fully the world and the people in it.