The Foundation of My Work:
- Staying Human
I believe my most valuable asset as a therapist is my ability to witness and support human beings, without judgment, with great compassion, and with respect for who they truly are within their deepest core self. My natural intuitive energy and awareness allow me to deeply understand and empathize with clients’ experiences.
The blood, sweat, and tears of my personal story, healing, and transformation have given me the gift of radical acceptance for the vast diversity in the lived human experience. It also has gifted me with the ability to create a healing container for those facing intense and painful struggles.
Because of my personal intra-psychic/interpersonal/soul-searching work, my heart is soft and accepting, my mind is wise and discerning, and my vision is clear and energized. I feel very passionate about helping clients create their most empowered, authentic, and awakened life.
I am aware of my privilege as a white, cis-gender, able-bodied, straight woman. I ask the hard questions of myself and to the best of my ability, I commit to a practice of self-awareness that leads to changing the ways my privilege contributes to individual and collective distress, knowing I have much to learn and that my learning will be ongoing.
To the best of my ability, I practice conscious awareness of the far-reaching, long-standing destructiveness of white supremacy and I commit to being engaged with social justice and change. This process requires me to be constantly learning, questioning, reflecting, being accountable, repairing, transforming, and doing all I can to be part of healing the collective wounds.
I feel it is a life imperative for me to step back, make space, support, prioritize, and honor BIPOC and LBGTQIA communities, individuals, and businesses.
Experience and Training
Twenty-plus years of therapy practice adds up to twenty-plus years of deep listening, compassionate responding, challenging myself to continually hone and strengthen my skills, and holding space for humans to discover their amazing potential for transformation and healing.
Along with my personal growth and journey, the time I have spent hour after hour, session after session, client after client, all have influenced the therapist I am today over the last twenty years.
Many therapists try to address sexual issues or address the complexity of intimate relationships, but do not have specialized training in these specific areas of therapy work.
Once I decided to follow my life-long dream of specializing in sex and intimate relationship therapy, I learned quickly that my generalized therapy training was not sufficient to address the complexity of intimate relationships or the immense field of human sexuality.
Since I strive to offer high-quality, excellent therapy services and experiences for all clients, I knew this meant I would have to actively pursue specialized training in sex and intimate relationship therapy. So, I did just that.
My sex therapy training was through the Institute of Sexuality Education and Enlightenment https://instituteforsexuality.com/
I also pursued the rigorous AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certification process. This is quoted from the AASECT website: https://www.aasect.org/
“This certification is a crucial step in one’s professional advancement, demonstrating to all that stringent requirements for training and experience have been met. AASECT credentials sexual health professionals on the basis of rigorous standards for academic preparation, supervised training and consultation, field-related experience, and applied skills.”
My training for intimate relationship therapy was hosted by some of the most effective and successful therapists in our time, Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. https://www.couplesinstitute.com/
For life-long learning, I study, take courses, and intentionally engage with master therapists as my teachers, mentors, supervisors, and colleagues. All of this helps me be the very best therapist I can be.
I am completely committed to my own sexual development and intimacy potential. I receive inspiration through my relationship with my long-term committed partner and our experiences together, as well as from my teachers, spirit-guides, ancestors, therapists, meditation practice, dream-work, and the deeply profound experiences I have connecting with nature.
I am always looking for ways to deepen my understanding of myself as a sexual being, embrace pleasure, connect to my own erotic truths, and nourish the creativity and courage required to live authentically.