Connection with others is essential to our well-being. We long to be heard and to be understood. Sometimes, this becomes difficult as life issues arise such as overwhelming stress, or increasing anxiety or depression. Thus, we are prevented from enjoying life fully - especially in relationships. A therapeutic relationship can provide opportunity for the exploration of obstacles that prevent us from living in a ‘state of flow’ or ‘in the zone’. My approach to this collaborative relationship is informed by Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, in the use of mindfulness strategies and by training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Given that I believe that healing involves both brain and body, heart and mind, I have certification in the trauma-focused, body-based therapeutic approach of Somatic Experiencing.
Journeying with others who dare to change and grow is a great benefit and privilege in this field of work. As the late great poet, Leonard Cohen wrote:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
Integrating and transcending our woundedness allows us to live more freely and fully.
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