I believe that we are all trying to move towards connection, health, and aliveness. Our symptoms (depression, anxiety, substance use, disordered eating, etc.) make sense in the context of our early experiences, family histories, and systems we live in. As we grow, parts of us become stifled, disavowed, and estranged in ways that may be unknown to us. We learn resilience and survival strategies in difficult situations that may not be sustainable for us now.
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I offer a warm, reflective, and collaborative space that is responsive to your specific needs. We will work on addressing your current concerns as well as the underlying structures and patterns that got you here in the first place. My approach draws from Western psychology and Eastern philosophy to integrate mindful inquiry with somatic awareness in the body. My intention is to be fully present so that you can balance feeling secure and taking risks in your process.
As we build our relationship together, we will be curious about how the past shows up in the present. We will get to know your familiar patterns with respect and compassion: how they help you, how you relate to them, and how they might get in the way of what you want for yourself. We will cultivate space for your disavowed parts to come up for air, take shape, and receive care. Along the way, you'll also discover deep wells of resources and support you may come to trust.
Therapy can be a generative and playful space that is freeing from social norms and constructs. I use a social justice lens and carefully attend to issues of power, oppression, and privilege as they show up in our relationship. As you connect more with yourself, you may find moments of freedom to settle into new possibilities of knowing, relating, and being that honor your deepest desires and bring you a sense of ease.
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Asking for help is vulnerable and courageous, and finding someone you like and trust is important. There are many modalities of therapy, and I am very open to answering questions about my perspectives and approaches. I would be happy to support you in finding a good fit, even if that's not me.
You can email me at email@example.com or give me a call at 415-570-8603.