In therapy, my emphasis is on meaning, personal choice, and motivation. My gift is that I see the best in people. I reflect back to my clients their unique strengths, gifts and beauty. My education and experience have helped me to develop many skills for that, but to me, good therapy is about connection and trust. Many people come to therapy because they have either forgotten how to connect with their inner sense of self, identity and wholeness, or they have had painful experiences with others which have injured their trust and their ability to connect. Therapy is a process of relearning skills and experiencing a safe relationship while rediscovering the part of themselves that is healthy, and knows how to be happy and whole. Trained and licensed in massage therapy, I also have a keen interest in wellness, and the mind-body connection. Although I do not utilize touch in my practice as a psychotherapist due to the ethical boundaries of our profession, I can teach clients a deeper understanding and ease with their body. My background is very helpful for teaching clients to recognize cues for stress, pain, sadness, and how to work with breath, relaxation and movement to accept the realities that are a part of being a thinking, feeling being in a physical body. I am trained in mindfulness meditation, and certified in clinical hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy may be appropriate for some clients, used in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral techniques to rapidly resolve symptoms of anxiety or trauma, or to enhance behavioral change such as wellness, smoking cessation, relaxation and integrating new habits. Hypnotherapy may be useful for pain management. Not all insurance recognizes clinical hypnotherapy; check with your provider.