Experienced, engaged and effective
My experience/training and approach:
I have worked in the field for over 10 years with adults, youth and families utilizing strengths based, psychodynamic, and mindfulness approaches which deal with the challenges of the here and now rather than focusing extensively on the past.
The research of the last 20 years in neuroscience has shown the effectiveness of utilizing the body to change what in the past others saw as strictly cognitive psychological issues. Theoretical paradigms of mind/body or "bottom up" approaches such as polyvagal theory ground my practice.
More recently I have been trained in Neuro Affective Relation Model (NARM) which combines bottom up and top down approaches to reorganize the developmental trauma that keeps persistent "personality and mental health issues" from subsiding. Here is a great article about NARM. https://www.thecandidly.com/2019/everything-you-should-know-about-narm-the-newest-form-of-trauma-therapy
My experience with Somatic Experiencing (SE) focuses on somatic mindfulness, which among other things helps the person practicing it notice and process internal changes in the body during the therapeutic process. In addition to helping persistent emotional challenges, this method has proven its effectiveness in shock/acute trauma. Building on client resources, and specific skills training we avoid replaying pre-existing trauma.
I continue to be an active learner and my approach relies on a radical belief in client agency and the importance of the client and therapist relationship as we will build on your strengths together.
What we will do on the first day:
Before we meet for a full session I will send you brief questionnaires and policy related paperwork. When we meet I will share a bit about my theoretical approach and provide psychoeducation on the psychobiological approach. I will move on to listening about what you most want to focus on and we will decide on what we most want to accomplish in our session. As we go along I will inquire about your insight, feeling and physical responses to ensure we are bringing these into awareness before moving forward.
Men's perinatal/infant loss group:
My wife and I lost our first pregnancy/child at 22 weeks. This stillbirth, as well as two miscarriages and the lack of support targeted at men encouraged me to create this group.
With the guidance of Gary Vogel, a 30 year perinatal loss expert, I hold the weekly, 6 session men's group on a quarterly basis. The group is facilitated as structured conversation to help men cope and find a way forward in the midst of perinatal loss.
The next session begins June 7th.
When: 830pm EST
Cost: Sliding scale $180-$390 for 6 sessions, if cost is an issue please email me
Group size: 6 people, this is a closed group once it is full.