Therapy as a Process
Therapy is a process, one that takes time, commitment, and a willingness to know yourself. Often clients will ask, “How does therapy work? Am I doing it right?” There are no right or wrong ways to be a client; only more ways to understand yourself, with the goal of building self-acceptance and self-trust. The therapeutic process includes several areas of focus: listening to your body, awakening and strengthening intuition, the therapeutic relationship, and creative experiments.
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Listening to your body
Your movement tells a story. Your body tells the truth. Listening to yourself supports self-awareness and change.
I consider attention to your body to be an integral part of our work together. I believe that attentiveness to physical process permits a full experience of self and integrated growth. In our work together, we will pay attention to your movement patterns and styles of intensity in order to heighten your self-awareness. For example, I take note of areas of tension, styles of breathing, and habitual postures and movement.
Issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and addiction manifest in both the physical body and the emotional body. Attention to both is vital for a full recovery.
Awakening and strengthening intuition
Listening to yourself awakens intuition. Trusting what you hear strengthens intuition.
Intuition is an integral ingredient of self-discovery, essential for continued growth. Yet our intuition is often wounded, and we do not trust it.
I use my own intuitive sense to hear what may be underneath what is being spoken. I am clear this is my sense, and it may or may not fit for you. With that awareness, I will share my insights with you and add them to the mix of what we are creating in our sessions. I also trust your sense of things.
Emotions are the language of the soul and therefore valuable to explore. Exploring our emotions is how we bolster intuition.
The therapeutic relationship
I believe the relationship between therapist and client is an integral part of the therapy process. As your therapist, I bring myself fully to the interaction between us. I bring a compassionate heart, a well-trained ear, and a strong belief in the transformative process. I listen not only to what you say, but also to how you say it.
Often we have habituated responses and feelings (or themes) that replay in our current relationships. These themes replay not only in our relationships with others but also in our relationship with our selves—in how we treat ourselves, talk to ourselves, and talk to others. These patterns will also surface within the therapeutic relationship we create. Bringing awareness to these patterns is a valuable intervention in the therapeutic process and relationship.
To heighten awareness and anchor new learning, I offer individuals and couples the option of doing creative experiments.
A creative experiment is a way of working with an issue other than just talking about it. The experiment might include movement, postural changes, physical support through the use of pillows or sofa cushions, journaling, drawing, or guided imagery.
Each experiment is an invitation. Saying no to an experiment can be the experiment. If you are a person who has difficulty saying no, this could be a useful experiment.
Goals of Therapy
I believe the goals of therapy are varied and specific to each individual seeking therapy. This is a conversation that warrants our attention throughout our time working together.
I do, however, hold some general therapeutic goals for those who work with me. One is to increase your emotional response repertoire, which means that you have more options of response available both within yourself and in your relationships with
Learning how to befriend all aspects of your self is a goal I value. We all need support to effectively love every aspect of ourselves.
As therapists, we tend to suffer from professional isolation. Consultation is a great way to add skills to your therapeutic repertoire and ease isolation. As a therapist in practice for over 35 years, I offer to other therapists my experience and training, along with tips, experiments, and skills I have learned.
During the 10 years I have been offering Professional Consultation, I have found it particularly useful for counter transference, burnout, and support.
Why does that one client really bug you? What makes it difficult to challenge certain issues with clients? We all face these kinds of issues. Our “stuff” comes into the room with our clients, making it difficult to discern whose stuff is whose. Consultation is a safe place to explore your counter transference. I believe transference is a meaningful, important part of the work we do. It informs us about our blind spots, so we can better see our clients and ourselves.
Burnout in the helping professions is very common. We teach our clients about self-care and boundaries and offer support, but we often neglect to give that support to ourselves. Consultation can be a reprieve from giving. It can be a way for you to receive care and compassion. It is an opportunity to remember your boundaries and reclaim your self-care.
Professional and Personal Support
Sometimes we need a place to unload the burden of our work. But even more importantly, we need a safe place to process our own lives, attending to when personal struggles make listening difficult. I strive to develop a sense of safety so that you can share candidly and openly.
Imagine meeting with a group of women on a regular basis…
A group of women who support you and know you…
A place to learn more about yourself as a woman…
Such a place exists
Group therapy is a powerful experience. Participants often feel it is life changing. This invitation is to join an on-going women’s group that notices and attends to each woman’s style of bringing her self to the world, and to the group. We pay attention to how these individual styles empower or diminish each woman. You are invited to:
- Re-claim your Authentic Self – Speaking what is true is often a challenge for women. We tend to offer what is “nice ” and “comforting” versus what lives in our souls. In this group we will invite each women’s voice and experience to come out of hiding.
- Deepen Relations – Women need each other. We need to see ourselves in other women’s eyes and lives. We need to feel “not alone” so that we may be supported on our journeys. This experience offers the time and space to open to other women’s hearts. This opening creates a necessary sisterhood that empowers participants to move authentically in the world.
- Integrate Your Wholeness – In the culture we live today we split the mind/ emotion/ body/ spirit connection. The mind is valued as the “I” while the body is demoted to the “it”. In this group our intention is to heighten awareness, experiment with and discover the wisdom housed within each women’s body.
As group facilitators our focus and intention is for each women to experience her self as safe to push her emotional and relational edges. We will integrate a variety of methodologies to create an innovative and unique group experience. There are no structured topics. Emphasis is placed on the issues that hold interest and vitality for the group. Each story shared is held with honor and experienced as a gift to the group.
Gems for the Journey
Create jewelry that inspires your path
A women’s love is a powerful force. When focused into intention, her love can be felt as a soft container of safety or as wings on which to fly. A women’s love, when gathered with her sisters, opens her to the wisdom of women’s hearts. When soul sisters are gathered, magic happens and the world changes.
Today, women need to gather. The world needs the compassion of our combined hearts, we need the support of our united love. Sister Bead gatherings are intended to support women through life transitions by inviting her sisters around her in a purposeful circle. Gatherings also offer the weaving of feminine community for the birth of a child, a significant birthday, graduation, or marriage, the transition of divorce, illness or death, distinguishing and uniting a valued group or simply a women’s need to feel a connection to her soul sisters.
Each woman brings enough beads to gift every other woman with one bead. Ceremoniously the women gathered string the beads into their own unique piece of Sister jewelry. The circle holds and unites the hearts, souls, and intention of the women gathered. The prayers held within each piece is invoked each time a woman wears her Sister Beads… Re-membering with her sisters.
Woman’s Way of Knowing
The Making of Your Intuitive Doll
This workshop follows the Russian folktale of Vasalisa, in which a young girl is blessed by her dying mother, threatened by her stepmother, and sent out into the forest to find her intuitive wisdom. This story teaches the lessons of the life, death, rebirth cycle necessary for every woman’s transformation.
Through use of experiential exercises, we engage in the tasks necessary to find, strengthen and trust one’s intuitive voice. This voice has been there from the very beginning. We recognize it and nurture it during this day of story, ritual, and creative expression, which culminates in the creation of an intuitive doll. The making of the doll deepens each woman’s intuitive listening. No prior sewing experience is necessary.
At the end of the day, each woman will have remembered her inner voice in concrete and creative ways she can trust to guide her, like Vasalisa, through the forest.
Forms & Fees
My fee for each 55-60 minute session is $110.00. I am an In Network Provider with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and an Out of Network Provider for most other insurance companies. Payment is expected at the time of service. I accept cash or check, only. I am not able to accept credit or debit cards.
Forms are in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) unless otherwise noted: