What Is Psychotherapy?

The origin of the word psychotherapy comes from the classical Greek language: Psyche is the word for human soul, spirit, mind. Therapy is the word for healing. From the ancient languages, psychotherapy means to heal the soul, spirit, and mind. How the healing is accomplished depends on the people involved and the modalities that are used.

The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free.
— Rollo May


Available Therapeutic Modalities I offer:

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy

        A heart-focused dialogue between client and therapist.  Held in the hands of safety, warmth, and compassionate listening - where you can open your heart and discover your authentic self.

  • Somatic Experiencing®

         What is Somatic Experiencing?  Somatic means our body and Somatic Experiencing® means experiencing the subtle sensation within our body.  It is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress.  It resets the nervous system, restores inner balance: generally helps people to feel more alive!

  • “Positive” Psychology

         What is Positive Psychology?  Positive Psychology emphasizes some important perspectives that have long been under-emphasized and neglected in psychology. Using evidence-based intentional acts meant to increase well-being by augmenting that which is the foundation of human flourishing.  What Positive Psychology is not:  it is not “only thinking positive” and being in denial of the complexities of life.

  • Inclusive Therapy

         What is Inclusive Therapy? Inclusive therapy is acknowledging and validating people’s experience, while inviting them into change and the recognition of new possibilities.  From the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind this quote captures the spirit of inclusiveness: “For Zen students a weed, which for most people is worthless, is a treasure.  With this attitude, whatever you do, life becomes an art.”

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology

     What is Interpersonal Neurobiology?  The nervous system continues to change and grow during our lifespan.  This is known as neuro-plasticity.  Using evidence based interventions, in therapy we can create conditions that allow for our nervous system (embodied mind) to build new pathways of response and reactivity.

  • Art Heals

       Creativity, Imagination, working with our hands: are all pathways towards healing.  The act of creative expression  can be healing by giving us a natural meditative experience where we can experience, “Flow”, increased “self worth”, “happiness with our experience”, enjoy the process not the product.

  • Connecting with Nature.

    Modern Humans spend 98-99% of their lives inside.  Humans have become disconnected from nature and this has lead to a decrease in the sense of well-being.  Evidence based research shows that connecting to nature decreases stress indicators in our bodies like high blood pressure and stress hormones.  Spending time in nature makes us feel good!

“Look deep into nature and then you’ll understand everything better.”
— Albert Einstein