The therapeutic relationship can be a powerful connection to promote healing and understanding. My therapeutic style is integrative, using relational techniques as described in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) with a multicultural lens to help clients in their lives and relationships. I have expertise with symptoms of depression, anxiety, gender-identity questions and transitions, relationship difficulties, traumatic experiences, and fears about self-worth and identity. With twenty years of mental health experience, I hope to help you gain confidence, improved relationships, to feel more understood, and to feel less alone. Please call or email to set up a phone appointment with me and we can decide if you would like to set up an appointment for an in-person session.
We all begin to notice that we have patterns in our relationships and particular ways of reacting to situations or others around us. We often feel lonely and isolated, worrying that if others truly knew us, they wouldn't accept us or want to understand us. Group therapy is a wonderful way to learn about the ways you impact others, working with the patterns in your relationships, healing the losses you may have experienced, and healing yourself while also helping to heal others. Most people have anxiety about joining a group, and most people end up realizing the power of having a group for support, honest feedback, and a sense of belonging. If you are interested in knowing more, you can set up a session with me to discuss your questions or fears, and whether group therapy is right for you.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a form of therapy originally developed for the treatment of PTSD or healing from traumatic experiences. EMDR can be used for healing from trauma, as well as healing from a lifetime of experiences where you have felt less-than, not heard, not understood, or even neglected. These experiences can lead to an erosion of your sense of self, and EMDR therapy is one approach to help heal these memories and wounds.
EMDR for Performance Anxiety
In working at Ithaca College with performance majors in both music and theatre, I have found EMDR to be especially helpful for healing performance anxiety. Depending on the depth of your anxiety, it may take 6-10 sessions to decrease or eliminate your performance anxiety. It has been beautiful to help a musician or performer have more flexibility and ease in connecting their performance with the audience, with their body and instrument, and with themselves.
Identity & Gender Therapy
My practice is welcoming and affirming of LGBT identities, including those who want support exploring gender identity and expression or other gender nonconforming identities. In my work at Ithaca College for 16 years as well as in my private practice, I have helped clients move through their transition, whether with hormone therapy, medical transition, or any type of transition desired. Parents of children or adults identifying as transgender have also been clients to help them to be supportive of their children through their own transition. Please contact me if you would like to speak further about my experience or work with these types of concerns.