Who I help: I enjoy helping adults and teens find peace, acceptance and wisdom within their bodies and lives through an integrative use of mindfulness, expressive arts and body-based psychotherapy within a nurturing environment. Whether you are struggling with disordered eating, pregnancy loss, maternal mental health, addictions, anxiety, depression, or other challenges – I can help you return home to your mind, body and spirit. Inviting the body into therapy offers a unique and experiential path of mind-body integration, awareness and growth.
I believe: There is a way to bite into the richness of life, to healthily digest the ebb and flow of life’s cycles, and to live in your body with satisfaction and energy. Therapy may be the safe, soft place to land, learn and love.
How? I hope to work together to understand your story, discover your deeper hungers, and transform that energy into self-love, creativity and freedom. My passion is helping people reconnect with their natural rhythms and deeper hungers through body-based techniques and mindful movement. I offer a blend of cognitive and somatic therapies through an attachment-based lens. Integrative mind-body therapy is like a safe container for exploration; like a womb for self-discovery, nourishment and growth.
You set the pace: Sometimes we talk, sometimes we write or color, sometimes we explore developmental shapes or movement patterns, and sometimes we do all three. I listen to your story, needs and wants to set our pace.
Background: As a trained psychotherapist (M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University, practicum/internship at the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders), I’ve treated a variety of disordered eating, addictions, anxiety, depression and maternal mental health issues. In addition to being a therapist, I’ve worked with eating disorders and addictions for 13 years as a movement educator and/or therapeutic yoga teacher.
My therapeutic approach: I draw upon a blend of DBT, ACT, CBT, narrative therapy, psychodynamic theory, somatic psychotherapy and movement therapies from an attachment-based framework. By combining top-down and bottom-up approaches in a unique way, the therapist and client are more informed of the parallels, strengths or imbalances of psychological and physiological roots, development, and patterning. This integrative mind-body approach informs us what areas need attention, compassion, sensitivity and nourishment.
Why body-based psychotherapy? Throughout my work, I have both researched and personally witnessed the value of integrating the body into the healing journey by weaving attachment-based theory and cognitive techniques into somatic psychology, intuitive and developmental movement methods, and trauma-informed interventions. Paying attention the body’s messages, patterns and sensations offers insight into not only the felt sense but also the unconscious which can provide a more nuanced, experiential pathway to living more fulfilled and healthily embodied.
Sessions: If you’re interested in hearing more or want to see if we are a good fit, call me at 404-210-6752, for a free 15-minute phone consultation. To schedule an appointment with me in Decatur, GA, please contact me via email or visit Gaia Counseling online.
*I am under ongoing supervision with Janet Fluker, LPC and under direction of Christy Burkett, LPC.
“This is your body, your greatest gift, pregnant with wisdom you do not hear, grief you thought was forgotten, and joy you have never known.” - Marion Woodman
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Psychotherapy for Individuals
Psychotherapy for individuals offers a safe space to gently explore areas such as disordered eating, maternal mental health, grief, anxiety, depression and more using attachment-based and somatic therapeutic approaches. Set aside time just for you to practice returning home to your whole self in a more attuned, compassionate, nurturing way.
Psychotherapy Groups offer a blend of process-oriented, expressive arts and psychoeducational groups including Yoga for Emotional Eating, What are you Hungry for?, Mindful Eating Psychoeducation and Experiential Movement for Deeper Hungers.
M-Bodied is a series of movement education workshops for clinicians and other helpers as well as experiential practices for psychotherapy groups. While the intersection of attachment theory, stages-of-change and developmental movement are covered and explored, specific topics include Attachment-based Experiential Movement for Eating Disorders, Inviting the Body into Therapy, and Mindful Movement as Mothering Medicine.