Therapy Services.....

I am confident and knowledgeable in my work with a variety of issues including
depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues,
family of origin issues, and body image struggles.
 

Overall, I come from an integrative place.  This means I take all the wisdom, training and tools that I have,
think about what a client needs, and then share what would be useful to them. 
From this place, I can truly offer people support that is tailored for them. 
I find that people feel much more seen, more heard, and far safer working from this place
than from a one of me putting on them what I think they need.

In therapy with my clients, I bring a deep amount of respect, curiosity and compassion to every human I have the honor to meet.

Below, you can read in more detail how I work specifically with eating disorders
as well as how I use Internal Family Systems in session with clients. 

If you are curious how I work with a particular issue you are struggling with, go to my contact page
for a free 15 minute consultation to have your questions answered and get a feel for me! 


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Eating disorders

My professional work with eating disorders began 4 years ago, when I began my work at The Lotus Collaborative, an Eating Disorder Recovery Center here in Santa Cruz, CA.  My knowledge and training in supporting people on the road to recovery from an eating disorder leave me feeling confident and comfortable in exploring all the complexities that exist within this issue.  I believe that recovery from an eating disorder is best addressed from two perspectives: the soul perspective and the behavioral perspective. 

In order for a person to recover from an eating disorder,
the whole person needs to be seen and supported.
My soul perspective means seeing a person, not an eating disorder; seeing a person's heart, soul, mind, body and spirit. 
I focus on connecting with a person and supporting them to be curious about themselves and the part of them that is their eating disorder.  Building a relationship of curiosity between person and eating disorder opens up the path to recovery and healing.

An eating disorder lies heavily in a variety of behaviors that range from person to person.  My behavioral perspective means knowing about all the behaviors, paying attention to them, and finding the skills to navigate toward recovery.  Eating disorder behaviors are a humans best attempt to cope with life, and so my behavioral approach includes finding a new set of coping skills that are more sustainable, and leave a person feeling free, something that an eating disorder can't provide.


Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems, IFS, is a way to practice therapy.  IFS is incredibly intuitive, makes sense, and truly offers a way to know yourself from the inside out.  From there you can transform your life - your relationships, your work, your identity, your behaviors - to match the hopes and dreams you have always longed and desired for.  When I use IFS in my therapy practice, clients tell me they feel more connected to themselves, have new found hope for life, and leave feeling deeply impacted by this experience. 

I often describe it to people by saying, "Have you ever had the experience where one part of you thinks this and another part of you thinks that?"  Well, if you have, this is the essence of IFS work.  Getting to know these different parts, and using curiosity to connect with them paves the way to healing the parts of us that are deeply wounded and scared.  Through this deep healing, our external life transforms because now we are no longer scared and wounded in the same ways, and we get to show up in our lives as our innate, powerful self.

IFS is an evidence based practice, which means it has been tried and tested in research and passed with flying colors!  IFS is a wonderful means to explore any and all issues.  I, in particular, am experienced at working with clients who are dealing with depression, anxiety, life transition, motherhood, eating disorder, relationship issues, and trauma.

If you are curious and would like to learn more about IFS, reference the Center for Self Leadership.