As a practitioner, I combine relational psychotherapy with a range of body-based approaches to healing. I have participated in a number of in-depth trainings in emotion- and body-focused therapies, particularly for clients who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, relationship distress, depression, anxiety, and dissociative disorders. These include:
Dynamic Enriched Experiential Psychotherapy, an experiential attachment-based approach;
Somatic Experiencing, an in-depth model for supporting somatic resolution of trauma;
Integral Somatic Psychotherapy, a model that integrates Eastern and Western approaches to somatic work focusing on emotion and energy;
Brainspotting, a method of trauma resolution that incorporates eye gaze.
In all my work, I draw extensively on my training as a yoga instructor (RYT) and my decades-long body-centered practices of Iyengar and Anusara yoga, Authentic Movement, contemplative dance, Contact Improvisation, and long-distance running. I received my Master’s in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and worked in agency settings before starting a private practice. These include YWCA Austin, Hospice Austin, Austin Recovery, and Tejas Family Guidance Center. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (license #70724) and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
I’m very committed to my own growth, as a clinician and as a human being, and I engage earnestly in professional development and lifelong learning. I take part in ongoing consultation and post-advanced training with SE faculty, senior mentors in attachment-based work, and other advanced practitioners. I also participate in a modern psychoanalytic training group to continue to advance my knowledge of theory as well as my self-understanding. I’m a longtime volunteer for and member of Austin IN Connection (AINC), a local organization dedicated to the advancement of Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology. I organize a monthly professional development program for AINC called Year of Conversations, which focuses on attachment and experiential therapies.