I am a somatic psychotherapist (soma = body in Greek) and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Individuals who are likely to benefit from my approach are those who wish to improve their sense of intimacy and connection to others, resolve old relational dynamics, create a more affirming relationship to the body, develop healthy skills for managing difficult emotions, improve physical vitality and energy level, or decrease feelings of chronic anxiety. I work both individually or in conjunction with a primary therapist.
Early in my career, I focused on helping individuals find freedom in the body through traditional “talk” therapy and the expressive arts modalities. I developed the first intensive outpatient program for eating disorders in the nation with Dr. Anita Johnston author of Eating in the Light of the Moon. After relocating to NC in 2006, I served as the Eating Disorder Coordinator at Duke University for nine years managing a clinical team, facilitating workshops, and providing academic instruction to professionals both on campus and in the surrounding community.
For the past decade, I have followed the emerging neuroscience research incorporating mindfulness-based modalities into my treatment approach. I am certified in Somatic Experiencing, a biophysiological model for the treatment of trauma and nervous system regulation. I am currently training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a treatment approach that focuses on the healing of early attachment ruptures and trauma.
Most recently, I co-developed a professional training called Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders. This treatment model weaves together the latest advances in the field of neuroscience, trauma, and attachment, while teaching providers how the body itself can serve as a resource in recovery rather than obstacle to be overcome.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and pets. I use yoga, dance, nature, music, and Pilates for my own self-care and firmly believe that self-care is critical for those in the helping profession.