A counseling relationship, as it develops over the course of many sessions, can be a deeply supportive and healing experience. The therapy becomes a space to safely explore the complexities of our most significant relationships; to more fully understand how our many life experiences influence our present day; and to better understand the reactions we have to the moments and people of our lives. Using an exploratory approach to psychotherapy, I encourage deeper insight into your unfolding life story, helping you to create a more cohesive narrative of self with the aim of more self-acceptance and, hopefully, more self-love.
Medical hypnosis, or hynpotherapy, is a powerful clinical tool for change with broad applications. Hypnosis engages with the subconscious by offering new ideas, new stories, to help shift unhelpful or harmful patterns of behavior. Hypnosis can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including sleep disorders (e.g. insomnia, jaw clenching), phobias (flying), and addiction.
Naturopathic Mental Health Therapy
Naturopathic approaches to anxiety and depression look to the foundational elements of health to address symptoms. Basic areas include sleep, movement, and nutrition. I always aim to address these key areas within the context of the counseling relationship. However, many different body systems contribute to mental health. I will refer to trusted colleagues for adjunctive care when more complex medical interventions are warranted. This serves to ensure that you have a provider committed to your psychological wellness, preserving the therapeutic relationship.
I believe that a fundamental value of psychotherapy is in growing the ability to thoughtfully witness one’s own inner landscape. This is why psychotherapy dovetails so nicely with the practice of mindfulness. Growing mindful awareness of our daily mental chatter is an invaluable tool that moves us away from reactive behavior and helps us to choose our words and actions with more intention and equanimity. The more we can become watchful observers of our thoughts and feelings, the less likely we are to be overwhelmed, or flooded, by them.
I offer medication management for patients struggling with mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression. This includes the prescribing of SSRI’s and SNRI’s. Medications like Adderall and Vyvanse for ADD and ADHD, and benzodiazepines, for anxiety, are outside my scope of practice. For more complex mental health conditions, working with a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner is highly recommended.