Offerings

Individual Healing Sessions


Counseling


Expressive arts therapy


Eco-psychology


Herbalism



Individual Healing Sessions

When a person comes to me for an individual healing session, we first explore what their intention is for our work together as well as what healing modalities they are most drawn to. Because of this, each healing session is unique and tailored to the client’s needs, desires and interests in addition to what I believe will best serve the person’s intention.

These offerings include direct emotional support and counseling, the use of the arts (guided imagery, visual arts, movement, sound, drama, poetry), ritual, eco-psychology, and herbalism. Depending on a person’s intention, we may choose to focus on only one or a few of these modalities and with others we may choose to weave each of them into our work if that is what is being called for.

Types of issues I work with include: anxiety, chronic illness and mind/body relationship; stress, grief and depression, loss and bereavement, and trauma; life transitions, spiritual direction and unencumbered creative expression.


Counseling

Counseling forms the base of individual healing sessions. My approach is to follow the needs and impulses of the client while continually offering support, guidance and tools for working through the challenges that might arise. My philosophy is that every difficult pattern we engage in can be mapped to a clear emotional need in the unconscious, and that by finding those pathways we can uncover the ability to re-engage or change those patterns.


Expressive arts therapy

The arts are our oldest language - they are held sacred on every continent. Cultures throughout time have used the expressive arts of imagery, poetry, drama, sound, movement, ritual, and storytelling as a means of prayer, ritual, ceremony and communion with what is divine They have been used to celebrate the cycles of the seasons, mark transitions, and honor various rites of passages in addition to their use for individual and community restoration, healing, and renewal. This language of dream, myth and symbol has been woven into the community fabric not just in ceremonial ways but also into the everyday aspects of living. The power of the arts is a heritage that we all share.

Unfortunately in our modern industrial society many of us have lost our connection to our innate capacity to create and express with fluidity and therefore have lost the healing power the arts offer. As a culture many have come to the view that it is only for those with certain inclinations or the promise of talent who should pursue the arts, and even then what was a gift of joy and creativity too often becomes a commodity void of true inspiration as product is emphasized over process. Thankfully for those who so desire, this relationship with the arts and the gifts of creativity, expression and connection can be reclaimed and utilized for healing, growth and transformation.

The arts bring healing and growth in a variety of ways. First, the simple act of creative expression in any modality can be healing in and of itself when the expression is able to move freely. To be able to give voice, image, or movement to our emotions and life story can offer much needed release and connect us with our innate creative capacity for new possibilities and meaning. Artistic expression can directly uncover deep and often hidden parts of ourselves that in turn reveal insights and shed light on our difficult patterns. In using the expressive arts we focus on the process of creating more than the product. The product of our creation is intended to serve as a mirror and tool for self-reflection – in this way the healing power of the arts becomes available for anyone who dares to be creative.


Eco-psychology

Eco-psychology is a growing field of study and practice that focuses on reclaiming the innate wisdom of many of our ancestors and earth-based peoples – stemming from the simple idea that a connection with nature is a great healing force. Unfortunately, for many of us, our current culture and ways of living have led to a disconnection with the sacredness of the land around us and disconnection from ourselves in the process. Honoring and strengthening our connection to the earth can lead to tremendous healing and renewal. One way that we might seek to utilize this capacity for nature’s healing is by engaging with this connection as part of the session: I’ve held sessions outside, engaged in ritual or arts with elements of the earth, and simply used images or metaphors that connect one to nature while remaining inside. The possibilities are as endless as nature itself.


Herbalism

Herbal Medicine has been practiced all over the world since the beginning of time to address emotional, physical and spiritual imbalances. There are plants that provide vital nutrients, those that calm our nerves, help us through stressful times, build the body’s strength and immunity, heal our colds, wounds, and illnesses, and restore our senses. These are just a few of the wonders of our green world. While there are countless ways people use plants, in my practice I specialize in working with herbal medicines that help ease our emotional and bodily tensions as well as those that restore nutrients and energy.



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