As a certified perinatal mental health counselor, my approach to therapy integrates perpectives that use all parts of our psychological makeup. These include somatic psychotherapy (the body), cognitive behavioral therapy (thoughts and actions),  mindfulness-based contemplative psychotherapy (awareness), and attachment-based neuroscience (nervous system) to help create lasting change so that people can thrive on the parenthood path.  

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Psychotherapy is a process of exploration for purposes of self-discovery and change. Outside of inborn characteristics like temperment, much of who we are and how we function is learned from our lived experience. In an effort to avoid pain and suffering, we develop coping mechanisms, beliefs, and defenses which become automatic reactions to stressors, even when they do not serve us. The therapeutic process is about slowing down our reactions so that we can take a look, and perhaps make a different choice, so our habitual reactions can become chosen responses. This creates new neural pathways in our brains for change. By opening our innate curiosity, self-compassion and exploration with skillful therapeutic support, psychotherapy is a powerful tool for change and can help:

  • improve our self esteem

  • decrease anxiety and depression

  • process unresolved trauma 

  • become comfortable with not knowing

  • increase compassion for self and others

  • increase resilience and well-being  

  • create a toolbox of coping skills

  • support our nervous system