I’ve worked with infants and young children with their caregivers in the home, adolescents on the streets, juvenile hall, and in schools. I’ve supervised clinicians and worked with adults in community health clinics and in prison.
I also do forensic assessments for victims of crime and people seeking asylum as a result of torture and violence in their countries of origin.
I provide clinical supervision to other clinicians doing this not-for-the-faint-of-heart work. And, I work in private practice.
Healing Arts and Science
I’ve focused (and continue to) focus on learning the art and science of how to be with other people during vulnerable moments in their lives.
Knowing when to say what, how to say it–and why you’re saying it–can make a critical difference in someone’s ability to make meaningful changes in their life.
Knowing when and how to “do nothing” at all can make a critical difference in someone’s readiness to make that meaningful change.
The ability to recognize when you’ve “missed” an opportunity with someone…so you can set the stage for “repair”…so that there can be additional opportunities – is more important than knowing.
It’s essential for building the trust that can sustain the work. And the desired change.
The Body and Trauma
Through my own personal as well as professional experiences, I’ve developed an appreciation for the intimate relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviors, body, and spirit.
They’re all different ways “in” to get at healing – they each have their own language and their own way of contributing to one’s mental health.
As a certified massage therapist and licensed mental health clinician, I’ve developed the domain knowledge and skills to work with body and mind.
I’m certified to practice a therapeutic process called Observed Experiential Integration (OEI) that treats and reduces the severity and intensity of trauma symptoms.
In addition, I’m certified and practice Problem Solving Treatment (PST), an evidence-based practice to treat depressive symptoms that focuses on learning the skills and practicing how to break down problems into “doable chunks”.
Reflective Process and Clinical Process Tools
My personal and clinical reflective process tools include a quarterly clinical supervision group, intensive journaling, and a meditation practice.
The supervision group focuses on the neurobiology of trauma and psychoanalytic theory in practice. It’s run by Dr. Stephen Seligman.
I’ve adapted and use a process based journal system developed by a psychologist who worked with Carl Jung.
The journal integrates conscious, subconscious, and unconscious “information” from my life that helps me see where I’ve been and where I’m going.
I’ve been practicing Transcendental Meditation for over 20 years.
I am fascinated by diet, movement and exercise, and physiological health as mind medicine. The role of gut microbiome is especially fascinating – the bugs in our gut literally have the ability to alter our mental health!
Mental health is so much more than just “not enough” good hormones in your brain, or distorted cognitions.
If we don’t have the physiological capacity for resilience, it’s the difference between effort producing results or constantly feeling like Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill.
The role of data in our lives – who collects it, why, and for what purpose – is a very thorny subject.
Learning about data science has been eye opening – it can be a fabulous tool if we understand how to use it.
But, if we don’t, it can perpetuate inequality and hurt people.
A Facebook Group for Highly Sensitive Introverts where people actually do get to connect in meaningful ways.
Helping people who qualify for mental health diagnoses and find that their animals support their best functioning.
An online HIPAA compliant solution for individual therapists or small group practices so their clients can safely and easily submit screens (PHQ9, GAD7, PCL5) to monitor clinical symptoms.