The root of psychology is "psyche" - a Greek word that translates to soul.
The crux of how I approach our relationship and the process of self-awareness is through this lens of soulfulness. Though soul has many connotations, I don't view soulfulness as religious, but instead, as the aspect of life which is unmeasurable, the "you," "me," and "us" that is both individual and shared.
In our work together,
I ask that you're open and curious about reflection, awareness, consciousness, and growth. We'll partake in a contemplative journey together, where we co-create your self-discovery, integration, and embodiment with me serving as your compassionate, caring, curious (and fallible) guide.
What does this tangibly look like?
Receiving education about attachment theory and nervous system awareness, regulation, and resiliency and mapping out your relational blueprints, triggers, and glimmers
Becoming cognizant of conditioned ways of understanding yourself and relationships of all kinds, including but not limited to sexuality, intimacy, and gender
(internalized beliefs from culture or family)
Becoming more aware of inner emotional landscape, needs, and boundaries
Connecting with your inner child and inner parents
Becoming less reactive and more mindful, intentional, and present through embodied practices
Integration: coming to understand deeper layers of meaning and purpose from painful or potent experiences
Bringing more wonder, pleasure, and play into the everyday
(Or: tuning the senses to see the awe in the mundane)
Austrian Neurologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl is often attributed to the quote, "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
Heartful inquiry helps to create that space, where you may now create in a way that feels most authentic to your truest self.
I believe this interior spaciousness is created not by denying, rejecting, or repressing, but by acknowledging and accepting each and every part of ourselves. Even the parts we're not so proud of.
Becoming cognizant of our core feelings and limiting (or encouraging) beliefs, as well as our deepest feelings, values, and needs is how I see that we can shed the layers of everything that we are not, and become more of what we really are.
Introspective work doesn't begin and end in the therapy room. I hold that the more we untangle inner barriers to love, the more we can untangle those barriers on the outside too. The secure base and inner liberating awareness we create for ourselves can enable us to truly, intimately connect with others, and to effect positive, caring change - within ourselves and our communities.
It's like electricity, we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
The force radiates from a sense of selfhood, a sense of knowing where you've been and what it means.
Soul is a way of life.
"The doors to the world of the wild self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door; if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much that you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart