I know it takes a lot of courage to acknowledge your pain. To say to yourself, "Something is not right. I can't pretend anymore. I need help and I don't think I can do it on my own." There is so much pressure in our society to fix our problems on our own and to not air out our dirty laundry. Once you admit you need help, you are well on your way to healing.
Somebody asked me once why I was a therapist and I joked that I was a junkie for realness. I think we are in a massive crisis in intimacy, trust, and trauma. This crisis is systemic and not just personal. We need realness. I come from a background schooled originally in social psychology and feminism that first locates the problem in society, in our collective historical and familial trauma. I attempt to help you make sense of it and ultimately heal. I tend to look at the macro before I look at the micro-- the sociopolitical factors, racism and lack of access, the sexism and lack of empowerment. Before I look at mental health problems as stemming from mental processes, I look at the body and movement, nourishment and breath and how these factors might influence and interact with mental functioning.
My primary focus is with women and parents, particularly those with a history of trauma, whether that stems from medical issues, an accident, or physical trauma or sexual assault, harrassment or abuse. Often you might ask yourself what you've done to deserve this; you feel victimized, helpless, hopeless, or worthless. This can be remedied by working through the trauma in a safe way. I strive to empower you to change the way you think about yourself and your life. You might feel wrapped up in your past, or the destructive stories you tell yourself. But you have a choice: once you start to take responsibility for your healing and dominion of your mind and trust yourself, you'll be able to choose a new and more positive narrative. You begin to look at your life through a different lens.
photo: Donna Insalaco