About

*Trabajo con clientes en Inglés, Español y Portugués (Brasil)

I have been working with individuals, couples, and families for 25+ years, focusing on deepening attachment and wellbeing. I was the featured doula and childbirth educator in Rikki Lake’s documentary, “The Business of Being Born,” and I am a featured contributor to Good Vibration’s “The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood,” by Madison Young. I continue to focus on working with individuals and couples who are feeling stuck in their growing relationships.

Life transitions (long-term commitment, the birth of a baby, work transitions, etc.) can be overwhelming, and can sometimes feel like a harsh, lonely time. But transition doesn’t have to be an isolating experience. I support my clients in learning tools for communicating and connecting amidst all the newness. In therapy, learning ways to love while overwhelmed is an investment in a skill set that clients can use again and again throughout their lifetime. Feeling intimately connected, especially when going through a big transition, leads to healthier relationships and more joy.

Niche areas of expertise:

  • Intimacy & Communication
  • Body Image and Self Acceptance
  • Birth & Trauma Counseling
  • Sexual Connection Postpartum
  • Child Development
  • Co-Parenting
  • Empowerment-building with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Navigating Professional Transitions

Mindfulness-based Somatic Therapy: While I use several modalities, Hakomi Method is one that I integrate into my work often. Hakomi is a mindfulness-based therapy that is somatic, meaning that it incorporates the mind-body experience. We focus on both building insight (this is more in the literal brain), as well as noticing the experiences clients are having in their bodies as they explore issues. Sometimes we humans are so mind-driven that we leave our bodies behind. Alternatively, some people may be exceptionally body-driven, and can use assistance in learning how to communicate experience in words. In therapy, we work on balance, and building healthy internal acceptance and care.

In couples therapy, I support communication through the Imago Method. A structure is often helpful in more challenging conversations, and the Imago Method offers a structure couples can use to share and listen. One of the things that is super cool about this method is that once you have practiced it enough, you can use the model on your own whenever you are engaged in a more challenging conversation.

Multi-Cultural Approach: A significant portion of my clients come from biracial or multicultural backgrounds (or are raising children who are biracial/multicultural) and are looking for a therapist who is versed in holding safe space for processing issues related to culture, race, body size/shape, sexuality, religion, class, ability, and language. To the best extent I can, I work with the value and intention of holding a safe space for clients as they process these issues. My background spans Europe, South America, and North America. I am a first generation, white, American woman who grew up speaking Portuguese, Spanish, and English in New York City. I have personal experience with socioeconomic class shifts and the role this can have in one’s identity, and in one’s multicultural and biracial relationships. The combination of my cultural heritage, race, gender, socioeconomic class, and language fluency informs my work with a diverse client base.

Feminist Approach: I value caring and honoring the needs of both partners in the effort to build healthier communication. Having a feminist approach, in my understanding, equates to having a humanist approach. In therapy, we can make space to both see what our early models were, and more consciously make choices that feel healthy for us as we grow our relationships and families.

 

 

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