|What is body-based therapy?|
I work with a person’s full experience–emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical. Because I am working with the whole person in therapy, there are times when just talking about a concern is not effective enough to truly gain perspective, or influence change. I am trained in sensorimotor psychotherapy, reiki and use mindfulness/meditation relaxation, visual imagery, and other more sensate experiences to assist in pulling all parts of the puzzle together. I also encourage my clients to use yoga, acupuncture, and other alternative therapies to assist in healing mind, spirit and body.
|How do you work to improve body image?|
Body image and self image/esteem are so closely tied, and so we work in many ways to understand where negative beliefs come from, as well as use tools to shift patterns of thought and behavior. For example, a conversation might include discussing past trauma, whether related to being criticized about weight/appearance or other painful situations, and work to untangle the distorted thoughts from your present body size and image. We might do body mappings, or actual measurements (without numbers) of body parts to challenge the negative thoughts that distort the ability to recognize true body size. We also use affirmations, positive self-talk, mindfulness to assist in grounding and calming the senses.
|How do you know when therapy is “done”?|
This is unique to every individual who enters into a therapy relationship. When we meet for the first time, we will talk about what is bringing you in, what you would like help with, and we will see if it feels like a good match, if you feel comfortable talking with me, and feel like I might be the right person for you. If so, we would agree on some initial issues you would like to sort out. I might send you off with homework to do, often to gather more data on what you might be having trouble with, and we would agree to meet for a period of time with goals in mind, and a clear understanding of the contract we have together. Some clients work out targeted concerns in 6-8 sessions; others find that after an initial period of discovery they want to uncover more, and choose to stay longer to continue the work of learning about themselves. Personally, I don’t think we are ever “done” with self-exploration and discovery, if we are truly living our lives! But there are times when the supportive environment of therapy can be just the right place to learn more about ourselves and gather our personal strength so that we can continue to become the people we want to become.
|What are your fees?|
$175/session for 1 hour intakes, couples and families
$150 for 50″ individual sessions
$400/package of three (3) sessions
I am an out of network provider with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and am an in network provider for First Health. If you have other insurance , I can provide you with documentation to give to your insurance company to request reimbursement.
|Where are you located?|
My super-sunny, cozy office is in Brighton Center, in a converted old home just off Washington and Cambridge Streets. The house is behind the police station, and just across the street from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. There are several buses that come to Brighton Center, and the Green line (B Train) is about a 10 minute walk down the hill.