Areas of Expertise
Gestalt therapy was founded by Fritz Perls. The closest translation to the word is "whole" - where all aspects that constitute an individual are important and recognized with acceptance and integration.
Some of the benefits of Gestalt therapy are: better ability to monitor and regulate mental states; better awareness of your needs; better tolerance for negative emotions; improved communication skills and increased emotional resilience.
Integrative Embodied Therapy
Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing (Embodied Therapy) is a powerful psychobiological (body-mind) method for resolving physical and emotional trauma symptoms, PTSD and other stress-related conditions.
Some of the benefits of Embodied Therapy are: resets the nervous system to healthy functioning; restores inner balance and stability; enhances resilience to stress and overwhelm; and increases vitality and the capacity to engage in life.
Working with adolescents
Mental health difficulties during adolescence can have lifelong effects, impacting on a range of adult outcomes including employment, the ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships, and general health and wellbeing.
Taking steps to prevent and address teens’ mental health difficulties early provides a solid foundation for a more positive and confident approach to life.
A mindful approach
Unpacking the word mindfulness I notice how being fully aware of our thoughts and thinking process could easily distract me from noticing my bodily experience. In actuality, mindfulness includes becoming aware of tensions, movements and/or even pain in the body - encouraging a more wholesome sense of mind and body awareness.
Mindfulness can be supportive when trying to understand our personal and unique experiences. Perhaps a tension in the shoulders could represent stress or a belly ache could be a sign of anxiety. Taking the time to slow down and carefully scan our bodies - from toe to head - is a technique that I find helpful to practice regularly. Keeping in mind that our bodies speak more than our words do, connecting with the flow of our physical movements seems naturally helpful in our individual journey towards the development of self-awareness.
Ultimately, with awareness through mindfulness, we can invite a deeper understanding of our needs and how to act on these.
Together, in therapy, we can work on reconnecting with ourselves in a way that further increases levels of awareness and acceptance of the constant stream of emerging needs. In addition, we will be able to find ways of self-regulating by pendulating from one polarity to the other - using techniques and experiments.
By doing so, we stay closely connected with mind and body.