Professional Training

As a post-graduate intern I am committed to a rigorous training schedule.  I chose each of my professional trainings from the foundation of IPNB (Interpersonal Neurobiology) and humanistic philosophies of change.  With these fields of study in mind, I train, study, and seek consultation on therapeutic modalities that center on three pillars:

  • Trauma-Oriented,
  • Experiential,
  • & Relational Therapy

While I am informed by all of my pre-graduate and post-graduate training, at this time, my continued learning and consultation is focused on EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy.  These models work in union to create a safe environment for exploring your inner world and healing the past.

Scroll down to learn more about my professional training.

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IPNB & Humanism

IPNB is an interdisciplinary field developed by Dr. Daniel Siegel.  IPNB marries neuroscience with knowledge from other disciplines, including the arts, mathematics, and sciences, to define mental health by how our brains integrate and process information, particularly in relationship to others.  In session, I utilize Dr. Seigel’s map of the energy and information flow of the brain to notice where my clients will benefit from increased neural connection.

Humanistic therapies similarly approach wellness through emphasizing the importance of conscious attention to change the mind, the inherent good of all people, and the natural state of being as moving toward self-actualization.

Trauma-Oriented Therapy

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EMDR – Decades of research supports the efficacy of bilateral neural stimulation, or alternating attention from one hemisphere of the brain to the other, while processing traumatic memory.  The goal of EMDR is to help people remain safely in the present while assisting parts of the brain where traumatic memories are “stuck” to rewire how the event is held. This process allows the mind and body recognize that the danger is really over.  EMDR can also be utilized to help develop resources, process experiences that aren’t clearly linked to one event, as well as treat some of the symptoms of chronic pain.

4107e67541f14f034e34ac305cfe4fc8IFS – Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is both a profoundly powerful and extremely gentle way to understand our inner world as we heal experiences from our past.  IFS asserts that all human beings are born with resiliency and compassion at their core. When we held our self-protection relax just enough to access this core energy and direct it toward difficult emotions or experiences, we give the parts of us that hold burdens of fear, grief, or shame the chance to be seen and heard in a transformative way.

Somatic Therapy – Shocking traumatic experiences are deeply held within our bodies. Learning to listen to our bodies allows us to connect to aspects of memory that aren’t readily available in our “known” idea of events, which allows old experiences of trauma to finally feel complete and move through us.

Experiential Therapy


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Many people come to therapy with a pretty good narrative of their life so far. Unfortunately, any time we tell our story in an old, familiar way, we miss out on the opportunity for new learning.  One way that I help my clients get out of their narrative ruts is through experiential therapies.  A significant amount of information is held in parts of the brain that think in sensation-based and metaphorical languages.  Experiential therapies allow my clients to feel safety contained in the therapy room as they access these parts of the brain.

Relational Therapy

So, while I don’t work directly with couples at this time, I continue to study how my clients exist in relationship and what it takes to feel connect and protected with others.  To date, I have trained in:

  • The communication theory of Marshall Rosenberg*
  • Terry Real’s Relational Life Therapy
  • Boundary Healing techniques based on the work of Peter Levine & Pia Mellody

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*Marshall Rosenberg is the creator of Nonviolent Communication.  Individuals who teach NVC must complete several years of training and be certified through the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  I completed 28 hours of beginning instruction in this model.  If you are curious about NVC, please visit www.cnvc.org.

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