I use an integrative relational model that incorporates object relations, self psychology and other psychodynamic theories with yoga and Buddhist psychology as well as somatic psychology. I believe that the vehicle for change is the therapeutic relationship. Foremost to this process is the therapist maintaining presence and self-awareness that this can be imparted to the patient. It is in this context that a patient can achieve greater self-attunement and in doing so, access and engage internal resources in resolving conflicts, breaking through psychological barriers and affect change.
As the therapeutic relationship exists in the context of the greater culture, I believe that it is crucial to weave an awareness of issues of power and privilege and their impact on a patient’s unique identity throughout treatment. This is essential in striving towards multicultural competence, a destination that can never be fully reached, but can always be aspired to.
Supervision also takes place with in the context of relationship that also takes place within the context of the system of the counseling center and the university as a whole. I believe that the most impactful training takes place within a mentorship model that meets the supervisee where they are at developmentally and encourages and fosters their individual strengths and talents while provided structure, guidance and education. It is also a training that assists the trainee in understanding and asserting their role within the system that they operate in treating the individual, as well as the campus community as a whole.
Hello prospective interns. I like to say that I “was born and raised” in college counseling centers as I have spent my entire career working in them. At the heart of the counseling center is the training program. It enriches the quality of the support we provide and I am very passionate about training. Mentorship has been and continues to be so important in my work. In my therapy practice, I am very inspired by mindfulness practice and more specifically the mind body connection. My training in EMDR and somatic psychotherapy has helped me deepen my work with patients. On personal note, I am married and my husband and I enjoy long hikes with our two dogs. I am also a certified yoga instructor and a ceramic artist.
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