With over 10 years of clinical work in trauma-related issues and PTSD, including symptoms related to neurologic disorders, I work with clients using EMDR and MBSR, towards alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, as well as self-esteem, grief and chronic pain. We can begin to experience relief from trauma and anxiety by recognizing our inherent healthy selves through body-mind awareness, creative inquiry, and artistic expression. The work we do is based on the idea that we connect to our higher selves and each other through Creativity, Curiosity and Compassion. Creativity is what helps us to re-frame situations and see things through a new perspective using art, music, movement, meditation, creative writing, visualization and mindfulness meditation. Curiosity allows us to discover and use new tools to work with the underlying causes of current or past difficulties, helping us to discover new possibilities of a healthy and happy life. Compassion is what drives the therapeutic rapport in each session and allows us the opportunity to safely express ourselves, release held emotions, and provide a sense of safety in order to move in new and healthy directions.
Through mindfulness tools, creative inquiry, and basic techniques of stress reduction, we can begin to connect to the part of ourselves that holds the knowledge and wisdom of the body and the mind. I am certified in EMDR for trauma and symptoms of PTSD and have training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and EFT (emotional freedom technique). The process of psychotherapy includes a journey of self-inquiry and towards self-love. In order for the body-mind to heal, we start with tapping into our vulnerability to gain the strength we need to resonate in the frequency of happiness.
Sound Well Center is a place to explore the individual process of what it means to have a sound body and sound mind. When we are truly feeling well, we are in flow, feeling connected in all aspects of our lives. Sound and music are connectors...conduits for self-actualization and well-being and the process of psychotherapy brings together self-inquiry and ultimately self-love. In order for the heart and mind to heal, we must sometimes ask ourselves difficult questions and open ourselves up to vulnerability to gain the strength we need to live a life that resonates on the frequency of joy!
There is an Irish saying: "Contentment is Wealth." To be content is to want for nothing - or to look at it from a Buddhist perspective, desire or craving is at the root of unhappiness.
Ancient Greek philosophers, modern-day thinkers, and many of our spiritual leaders for thousands of years have postulated the idea of happiness as our ultimate goal.
Although it may seem to some that "happiness" is perhaps a lofty ideal or even trivial goal when it comes to our health, it is the natural state that resides in all of us from a homeostatic perspective and how we define and achieve a sense of happiness is, of course, up to us!
The thing about happiness is that it is an ephemeral being/feeling state and it is something that waxes and wanes. We can use mindfulness to acknowledge our feeling states and recognize these states as something we are feeling in the moment without defining who we are.
Through mindfulness, we can identify and even accept our patterns while at the same time, make conscious decisions to create new patterns towards optimal health!