“The body is a marvelous machine… a chemical laboratory, a power-house. every movement, voluntary or involuntary, full of secrets and marvels.” – Theodor Herzl
I have practiced in the field of psychotherapy for over thirty years now, having received my Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work in 1980 from the University of TN-Nashville. The schools of thought in social work emphasize “starting where the client is,” recognizing a person’s family, neighborhood and community environment and the total milieu in which someone is shaped, and utilizing all available strengths and resources to improve lives and conditions. I have always been grateful to my profession for encouraging me to see the whole person in my work, so it has been easy over the years for me to look for and focus on all contributors both to suffering and to healing.
After directing a non-profit therapy practice for 15 years and then moving into my own private practice with adults, my work has concentrated on the support of others who are recovering from loss and addiction, from relationship/marriage adversity, and from anxiety and depression. I have also focused on helping others to navigate life transitions, including worklife balance, marriage/divorce/remarriage, and health and aging. I have observed, if I listen carefully to my clients’ stories, that there is a physical manifestation of their distress and that their minds, bodies, and spirits are all being impacted as the whole person engages in trying to manage a challenge.
My clinical interest and training over the years has increasingly turned towards wholistic, integrative approaches to helping people heal. As in my own life, I have encouraged others to be more mindful of nutrition, sleep, and evidence-based forms of movement for psychological distress such as yoga, meditation, relaxation, and massage/bodywork. My approach involves helping people to better understand the shaping influences of their pasts, unresolved issues and important beliefs /needs which may be surfacing in the present, and possibilities for the future of growing and transforming selfhood and important relationships.
I utilize cognitive-behavioral concepts and mindfulness principles to assist others in becoming more aware, and to better manage their thoughts and emotions, to identify and practice/create changes they want to make, and to discern desires and potential outcomes in making critical life decisions. I have great respect for the recovery community in working with those who have suffered from addiction. The discoveries of neuroscience are so exciting, and provide a magnitude of new knowledge about things such as how we think, how we carry trauma in our bodies, and how the elasticity of the brain allows for new growth and positive change. How hopeful! These frameworks guide me as my practice grows and evolves.
The capacity for relationship connection, positive growth, courageous change, and life transformation never ceases to amaze and inspire me, and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of that journey with others.