What I Love About My Work
I consider myself very fortunate to be able to do work that feels so meaningful to me and that is able to elicit significant change in other’s lives.
I was in my twenties when I first had that Aha! experience of knowing that this was the work that I wanted to do. I had been working with a therapist who had given me tools and guided me to places inside myself where I found my own answers. It was a powerful experience. After one particularly important session I came to the realization that this was the work that I wanted to do. I wanted to help others have this experience. It was the beginning of a long and wonderful journey that I continue on to this day.
What is exciting to me is to really see and feel change. We now know that our brains are plastic and can change in relationship with a “safe” other. Much as an infant’s brain develops in face –to- face, moment- to- moment contact with his mother or primary caretaker, our brains can change in that same right brain to right brain contact that occurs in the therapeutic relationship. Through the establishment of safety and a secure relational base to work from, transformation occurs and old emotional and relational patterns are able to change.
Working experientially and bringing in an awareness of the body comes naturally to me. Bringing this into our work together accelerates change. The answers do arise from within; the nervous system changes and symptoms disappear or are relieved. I have come to trust this process and feel extremely fortunate to be doing this work.
The field of Trauma has grown immensely in the past twenty years. We really do know how to elicit change. Being a part of that change in other’s lives is what gives my work meaning and is one of the things that brings me joy and a sense of fulfillment.