My mission is to work with people to:
have stronger and more fulfilling familial, social and romantic relationships,
to develop a more successful personal, work, and school life,
and to enhance positive mental health and wellbeing.
I utilize a nonjudgmental, client centered, experiential, wholistic brain and body approach in my sessions. Modern brain research explains the psychological and physiological impacts on human development and can have a lasting impact on your life. I use my training and experience to customize your treatment to meet your unique challenges and needs. I incorporate many different techniques to create a custom combination of tools, ideas, support, and guidance that continue to grow and change as you continue to grow and change.
Traditional office therapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) address issues resulting from the traumatic effects of abuse, neglect, combat, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and other adverse life circumstances. Both provide opportunities to practice assertive communication, set boundaries, make requests, learn emotional regulation skills, and build trust and confidence in a mutual partnership. All of the skills used to build a relationship in therapy are transferable outside of therapy.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) differs from traditional therapy by involving horses. People often develop unhealthy relationship patterns as a result of relational wounds. Similarly, horses are prey animals and spend a great deal of their time in their brainstem, or survival mode (fight, flight or freeze). Horses will respond honestly and directly to whatever behaviors and internal states a client presents to them in the round pen, allowing the client to experience immediate and helpful feedback about the communication and relational patterns they create with the people in their lives.
Another exciting aspect of therapy partnering with horses is using mounted work to process trauma. The horse’s movement provides the bilateral stimulation for the brain and body to work through traumatic memories so that the toxic emotional residue can be neutralized and cease to control one’s neurological response system.