There is a Buddhist parable that talks about the two arrows that wound humanity in life, one of which is inevitable and one that is not. The first arrow is the arrow of physical and emotional pain, unavoidable experiences in life. The second arrow is the arrow of suffering. Suffering is how we feel towards our physical and emotional pain. Each of us has the ability to avoid shooting this second arrow of suffering. This is possible through changing our relationship with our pain.
As a therapist, I identify with feminist theory, trauma-informed, and LGBTQIA+ affirming approaches. I am oriented in internal family systems (parts work), inner child work (re-parenting the inner child), attachment theory, and somatic processing modalities. My approach is warm, collaborative, and direct. I have experience and interest in working with those impacted by sexual trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, relationship issues, codependency, addiction, PTSD, and complex PTSD. I received my master’s in marriage and family therapy from University of Wisconsin-Stout and completed coursework for AASECT (sex therapy) certification.
Together, we will get to know the different parts of you, including those wounded parts that most of us tend to reject and hide away, working towards a relationship with pain that is self-accepting and compassionate. I look forward to accompanying you on the exploration of your inner world.
"Our true nature is like a precious jewel: although it may be temporarily buried in mud, it remains completely brilliant and unaffected. We simply have to uncover it."