I offer psychological assessments in collaboration with professional colleagues under my supervision.
I offer consultation to professional colleagues (this meets the criteria for supervised hours for RPs) in third wave, compassion focused and mindfulness based psychotherapy.
I take an integrative approach in psychotherapy, but my heart home is in process based approaches that emphasis mindfulness, embodiment, relationality. I am at home theoretically within the Third Wave of psychotherapy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Process Based CBT, Mindfulness Based and Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. I am trained in EMDR, CBT-E, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Integrated CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy and am a supervisor of CFT as part of the Compassionate Mind Foundation in the UK.
My most recent professional explorations, as I am always growing and exploring as a psychologist, are in trauma informed embodied psychotherapy approaches including:
* Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
* Somatic Experiencing (currently Intermediate) – see my profile at Somatic Experiencing International
* Internal Family Systems (currently training with IFS Institute founded by Richard Schwartz) and I have also completed many other trainings in IFS prior to being accepted into the gold standard Institute training.
I frequently teach mindfulness and compassion practices to leaders and health care professionals for building resilience, preventing burnout, and managing burnout at work.
I integrate breathwork, embodiment, meditation and Buddhist psychology principles into my psychotherapy, but I also enjoy formal teaching of meditation practices for the empowerment and awakening of others and because I believe these practices can create fields of generosity and healing in individuals, communities and the world.
I have been meditating since 2004 when I was involved in developing the first ever MBSR classes at the Primary Care Clinics at University of Texas at Austin Student Health Center. My meditation practice is largely in the Thai Forest and Insight traditions although I appreciate Mahayana teachings such as the Kuan Yin dharmas of my teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara of Sacred Mountain Sangha and the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh in the Rinzai Zen tradition. I have completed many 10 to 30 day silent teacher led retreats and retreat practice is an important part of my life.
I have certification to teach a number of secular mindfulness approaches. I am certified as a nature-based mindfulness teacher (Awake in the Wild Mindfulness in Nature teacher), professional mindfulness teacher (International Mindfulness Teachers Association), and senior Mindful Self Compassion Teacher (University of California at San Diego & Center for Mindful Self Compassion). I was grandfathered in to certification as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher through the OASIS Institute at the University of Massachusetts, in 2006.