|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. I work from a Health At Every SIze (HAES) informed mindset so the work we do together is to enhance your overall well-being and relationship with your body, regardless of the size, shape or weight your body may be moving around in. We can be perfectly imperfect beings, no matter what package we come in!
|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?|
$200/session for 1 hour intakes, couples and families
$175 for 50″ individual sessions
Session fees are expected at the time of service and I am able to take credit cards and Venmo. I am an in network provider for Aetna Student Health, First Health and Medicare B. If you have other insurance, I can provide you with documentation to give to your insurance company to request reimbursement directly. I can sometimes bill electronically for our sessions in which case reimbursement might come to you a little more quickly.
For clinicians seeking consultation or supervision
I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor and work with clinicians individually and in group to offer consultation around cases, general practice issues. We can meet in person at my office, I can travel to you in the Boston area or we can do virtual visits by phone or online.
$400/package of three (3) sessions
|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. Visitor parking is free and on the streets surrounding my office. There are several buses that come to Brighton Center, and the Green line (B Train) is about a 10 minute walk down the hill.