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TRAINING AND BACKGROUND

There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.
— Tennessee Williams

I am the only certified AEDP therapist in the state of Texas, and I was a member of the training faculty of the AEDP Institute for three years (2008-2011). AEDP stands for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. AEDP was founded by Diana Fosha, and is the basis for my emotionally engaged, transformation-based, healing-oriented style of doing therapy where I help clients to safely experience emotions in the present moment.

Because current research in interpersonal neurobiology and attachment stresses that emotions are expressed in and through the body, good psychotherapy must integrate the body into the work. Though AEDP encourages attending to the body, its theory doesn’t elaborate on ways to do this work, so I have chosen to deepen my work with the body by expanding my training repertoire into two types of body psychotherapy:

  1. I have completed Level 1 of Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a way of working with trauma and developmental issues that integrates talking and with body-centered approaches. Grounded in current research [link to research page] in neuroscience, attachment, and trauma, this therapy is based on principles of mindfulness and approaching the mind/body/spirit as a whole.
  2. I am currently engaged in Ruella Frank’s Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy training (DSP). DSP is guided by current developmental and neurobiological thinking, and attends specifically to movement patterns in the present moments of psychotherapy sessions.

I earned my M.A. in Counseling Psychology, with emphasis in Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. (Depth psychology acknowledges the rich unconscious processes of life.) My thesis was entitled Shimmering in the Darkness: Bearing Witness to Inconsolable Suffering, and was written about the growth and transformation that can occur when grief is allowed to take its natural yet anguishing course, and how necessary it is for the grieving person to receive unflinching support and help in order to bear the painful feelings of mourning.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, license # 18127.

I am a supervisor for LPC Interns (LPC-S), officially approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, license #18127.

I have trained and worked with Hospice Austin supporting dying patients and their families, and bereaved family members with home visits and phone support.

I earned a certificate in spiritual formation from the Seton Cove, an interfaith spirituality center. This certificate program teaches the integration of spiritual and emotional growth, various spiritual disciplines that support seeing through illusions and assumptions about life and that encourage an authentic life, and exploration of the idea that the inward life leads back to community. The content of this certificate supports my view that psychological and spiritual health are intertwined, and informs me in working with a wide range of spiritual perspectives and issues.

I trained and worked at Capital Area Mental Health Center where I worked with a diverse patient population and a wide range of psychological issues. I also participated in a practicum pilot project where we provided on-site psychotherapy to at-risk high school students.

I studied parenting skills with Gail Allen, parent educator, for many years. With Gail I intensively studied parenting methods that are respectful of children, that teach children to treat others with respect, that invite and encourage children to grow into their true selves, and that forge strong positive bonds between parents and their children.