Take the best

And leave the rest

Therapy is about learning how to filter what’s working and what can be left behind.

We are far more resilient than we give ourselves credit for.

Until you tap into your inner resources, it’s easy to doubt you possess the means to change negative patterns and make new choices, especially if you’ve tried in the past and failed.

In our work together we’ll tap into your unique creativity that often manifests as illness or addiction. 

We’ll turn it into a usable force to connect with your authentic self; the self that is worthy, lovable and deserving of what you desire.

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Nurture or nature?

Inner-generational or learned?

Many of us grew up in chaotic households; parents fighting, divorcing, drinking, abandoning, withholding and abusive. We became the casualties of their dysfunctional childhoods.

In therapy, we will approach your addiction with compassion & appreciation for the defense mechanism you constructed to barricade yourself from the pain and loss of innocence.

It’s pretty tough to raise yourself when you’re just a kid – yet what’s the alternative? Learning to adapt and cope as best we could, unconsciously drawing upon/from the might of the human spirit.

Our survival instinct kicked in and we developed behaviors in order to cope with the unrelenting instability that became the norm.

We’ll work to unpack the context while you learn the skills necessary to get and keep sobriety.

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Big “T” Trauma

Little “t” trauma

Whether we’re talking about big or little “T” trauma, the aftermath effects are often the same for those who have experienced trauma.

A traumatic event or situation leaves you feeling emotionally, cognitively, and physically overwhelmed.

Childhood trauma can have a severe and long-lasting effect. Children who have been traumatized see the world as a frightening and dangerous place.

When childhood trauma is not resolved, this fundamental sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, setting the stage for further trauma.

Traumatic events constitute responses to powerful one-time incidents like accidents, natural disaster, crime, surgeries, rape, deaths, & other violent events.

It also includes responses to chronic or repetitive experiences such as child abuse, neglect, combat, domestic violence, medical issues, abusive relationships, and enduring deprivation.

“And yet the day will come – I hope soon
– when we shall understand that suffering can elevate man as well as diminish him.

Neither ends nor means, it can bring him closer to his truth and his humanity.”

― Elie Wiesel

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Move past your past

Be present in the present

Any myopic therapeutic approach to trauma is short-lived. A singular methodology focuses exclusively on symptom management and ignores the complex psychological and existential opportunity a traumatic experience offers.

In therapy, I work from a Humanistic therapeutic approach.

Rather than pathologize or pursue a “cure or explanation” explores, describes and clarifies your experience from a physical, social, psychological and spiritual perspective.

For example, trauma can lead to, among other things, a heightened sense of mortality, which can shift your perspective in powerful and positive ways.

It can cause you to ask questions and view the world differently.

Rather than viewing the trauma in isolation, we’ll examine the effects you’ve suffered in a bigger context.

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