I am an experienced therapist and have been in private practice since 1993 in Santa Rosa, Petaluma. I recently moved my practice to Sebastopol area in California. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California, License number LCS 16537 I offer sessions in person in my Sebastopol office and online for those who can not come in to my office.
My approach to Psychotherapy is strongly influenced by my work as a student in to the Diamond Approach R for over 30 years . The Diamond Approach is a Spiritual Work School located in Berkeley California. This teaching integrates Psychological Work with Spiritual Work and incorporates body oriented inquiry sessions among its practices. My work has integrated the understanding of this approach and supports the realization of our Essential Nature. A.H. Almaas is the main originator of the Diamond Approach and has written many books . For anyone who would like more of an orientation to this I would recommend reading Diamond Heart Book One by A. H. Almaas and read Chapters on Diamond Approach and Theory of Holes .
My approach is comprehensive integrating mind, body and spirit in a holistic manner. My background integrates Neo Reichian work with Spiritual Understanding and inquiry. I studied with Jack Rosenberg and Marge Rand in Los Angeles Integrative Body Psychotherapy R, IBP.
Other approaches which have influenced my work include: Gestalt, Voice Dialogue, various Somatic Therapies such as Bodynamic, & Peter Levine’s Work on the Trauma body for example.
I have also have a profound understanding of the body-soul integration having studied with many forms of somatics. I worked directly with Milton Trager for many years. Others who have influenced this deepening include: Emily Da’Oud’s Continuum Work, Cranial Sacral Work Polarity, Jin Shin Do, and Alexander Technique. Our work together is a body-psyche-soul inquiry using breath work, sound and movement. This form of inquiry is very effective way of deepening your process and integrating your body-soul with your spiritual unfoldment. We use body oriented practices which generally does not include hands on work.
Another important element in my approach comes from my work with the Enneagram over 30 years of exploration. It continues to reveal new facets of understanding. The enneagram understanding allows me to more skillfully work with your unfolding process in a multidimensional way. The Enneagram is a map of our inner terrain, it is like a garment we wear which has a fixed shape and form.Each enneagram type views reality through a different lens and this lens determines how we have come to know ourselves and our view of the world from a limited perspective. The beauty of this understanding is is that it helps us free ourselves from the binds and distortions in our soul’s make up. You need not know anything about your type or the enneagram to benefit from our work together.
For those who are more interested in the Enneagram I will be offering a study inquiry group on the Enneagram.
The foundation of my approach comes from various Depth Psychotherapies, such as Object Relations and Ego Psychology, and Intersubjectivity among others.
I view my experience and work with clients as an ongoing adventure of discovery which I am privileged to be a part of. I continue to evolve, learn and grow professionally and personally which continuously enlivens and informs my work with clients.
Join me on a journey of self discovery, a journey of unfoldment, full of mystery, a journey of profound connection, love and soul abiding fulfillment.