I have been a practicing Psychotherapist for 27 years. I hold a PhD in Psychology with a Transpersonal concentration and am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. My doctoral research explored the role of self-compassion in eating disorder recovery. My first book, Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating, was released through Shambhala Publications in August, 2018.
My approach to therapy is unique and informed by the many trainings I have done throughout my clinical career. The world of neuroscience, especially embodied cognition, consciousness studies, and mindfulness training, has greatly influenced my psychotherapy work and the formulation of my interventions. I practice within a holistic framework, integrating thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the moment. I work from a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy approach incorporating embodied psychotherapy (please read more about this under Embodied Psychotherapy) and have developed a technique, Mindfulness-Based Embodiment ™ (MBE), used within talk therapy sessions, that allows you to become aware of patterns, both in the mind and body that may no longer serve you in your life. Together we work on re-framing and re-programming these patterns along with helping you to develop new choices and ways to respond to life events differently than in the past. My approach is not just about talking about your life but rather, stepping back into it and re-discovering something new and different. I have found this approach most helpful for eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders and life transitions.
Additional trainings include a certificate in mindfulness through the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) and the Mindful Self-Compassion program (MSC teacher). I am also a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. I specialize in the teaching and training of Embodiment and Restorative Yoga Therapy (please read all about my training programs under Yoga Training).
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- Primary eating disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge eating. Body image disturbance/dissatisfaction
- Pain Management: learn effective interventions and management of chronic pain
- Panic Disorder
- Life Transitions/relationship/marital issues
- Women’s issues
- Spiritual mentoring