HeartLife Holistic® Psychotherapy

Specializing in the MindBody Connection

My counseling office is designed to feel safe, comfortable, and confidential and is a safe place for you to work on reaching your authentic self and do your inner work.

Decades of research has shown the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist to be an important element in therapy success.

My professional approach is to integrate interpersonal therapy with current trauma therapies such as EMDR,  Somatic Experiencing®, craniosacral work and the DBT skillset.

If you have experienced birth trauma, or trauma resulting from accidents, crime, emotional and sexual abuse, medical procedures (even when necessary such as for cancer treatment), or are  coping with illness and pain, mindbody counseling can help alleviate the emotional pain.

If you have been depressed and anxious for a while and want to explore your emotional patterns and learn new skills to replace your current stuck patterns, you  can try a private series of DBT work that spans 6 months of intensive individual work.

You will need to purchase the DBT Workbook with Handouts and Worksheets in order to work with me in this manner.

Call for a free telephone consultation to help determine fit and please ask as many questions as you need. I’ve written extensively on mental health and here is the link to my BirthTouch® blog, so you can get to know me a bit there.

Specialized integrative counseling services of mindfulness, EMDR, SE®, DBT and Craniosacral are offered as part of individualized treatment plans, for healing.

EMDR for Trauma

DBT Skills Training (4 – 6 month commitment)

 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (2 month commitment)

Craniosacral for Pain and Trauma

My areas of special interest are:

Trauma, or post-traumatic stress disorder, from experiences of birth trauma, medical procedures (even when necessary, such as in cancer treatment), bullying, accidents, violent crime, physical and sexual abuse, relationship difficulties, and coping with chronic illness and pain.

To help people recover from trauma, I integrate treatments from contemporary trauma models which draw on neurobiology, attachment, somatic interventions,  mindfulness practices and behavioral assists from DBT.

Perinatal Counseling Services for Perinatal Mood Disorders, such as depression,  anxiety and panic during pregnancy and post-partum. Other issues for which counseling is offered are infant loss, miscarriage, stillbirth, NICU trauma, birth trauma, and the psychosocial adaptation to motherhood. Counseling is available for individuals and families with perinatal mood disorders, around the transition to parenting, birth trauma, and infant care.

Specialized, private childbirth education, focusing on mindfulness and relaxation, and emotional adjustment is available. This service is designed for women and their partners who want some special assistance in chronic pain management, managing a past history of sexual or physical abuse, or managing depression and anxiety during pregnancy. The psychological and physical changes of pregnancy and parenting stir up your emotional past, asking to be re-addressed and healed once again. Your pregnancy could become a time when introspection, depression and anxiety unexpectedly occur for you. The therapeutic relationship is a safe place to help reduce negative feelings.

The experiences surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and parenting can be a time of great healing, a time when previous experiences re-surface and are ready for a new cycle of healing.

Anxiety and Depression using DBT Skills in a Structured Manner

Holistic Management of Insomnia, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Insomnia (CBT-I)

Coping with Chronic Pain and Illness using Craniosacral, SE® and EMDR for Coping Skills

  • Call for free 15-minute initial phone consultation to discuss your situation.
  • Co-create a one-of-a-kind plan made just for you
  • The plan incorporates traditional counseling and mindbody therapies of mindfulness,  EMDR, DBT and craniosacral.
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