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"I am beginning to weigh myself in strength, not pounds, sometimes smiles"
-Laurie Halse Anderson
"Mindful choosing of friends and lovers, not to mention teachers, is critical to remaining conscious, remaining intuitive, remaining in charge of the fiery light that sees and knows."
-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
While working at a local holistic healing center in Rhode Island I developed a profound interest in eating disorders. This led to my trainings in Internal Family Systems, and how to integrate expressive arts into the IFS approach.
Dr. Richard Schwartz who developed IFS did so because of his work with individuals with severe cases of eating disorders. From the many treatment approaches I have experienced and researched, IFS stands out to me for its depth in compassion and self-empowerment for both the client and therapist.
Rather than “getting rid” of uncomfortable memories and experiences, IFS allows a gentle yet powerful way to “get through” and heal long term. Rather than retraumatize or relive, IFS allows an experience of being “with” rather “in” the trauma or discomfort. IFS has proven, in my experience, as well as an evidenced based practice to be the most accessible way to heal whole heartedly.
When we are trying to get the support we need from our loved ones or others around us and it appears that they are not listening or responding, we can feel disconnected and abandoned, lonely.
We are wired for connection, so when we do not receive feedback that feels compassionate and empowering from the world around us, we must turn within and explore, get curious about what we need to do differently.
As a holistic therapist trained in nonviolent communication as well as participating in family and couple therapy personally, I empathize with how difficult it can be to transform relationship dynamics and have the courage to set empowering boundaries.
I am also experienced in supporting parents with children/teens that are diagnosed with eating disorders and other significant mental health disorders. Working as a family system is a very powerful way to expedite transformation and healing.
Much of this work begins within ourself and taking responsibility for being clear about our own actions as well as communicating with clear intentions.
Doing this work is brave and incredibly healing. When you role model self compassion, you inspire others to do the same.
Highly Sensitive Personality Traits
HSP trait is a powerful gift. However, with this gift comes the responsibility of learning how to process and release the intensity of emotional experiences and empathetic distress that an individual with HSP holds. The is due to the greater degree of mirror neurons, as well as the way a brain of a person with HSP trait is wired.
Holistic and integrative therapy is especially effective for an HSP because of the unique qualities an HSP has demands personalized care and compassion. As an HSP myself, I can support you through this process with genuine empathy.
Trauma is a protective and automatic response to extremely overwhelming and often terrifying life events. As a trauma informed therapist using integrative methods that include biofeedback from HeartMath® I can support you to rewire the brain to respond in the present moment rather than from a memory frozen in time.
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