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What is "Trauma-Informed"?


Trauma-informed care is an approach that understands and makes space for the physical, emotional, psychological, social and, in some cases, spiritual impacts of trauma. Recognizing that emotional trauma may manifest in the body, and that physical trauma may manifest in the psyche, trauma-informed care is inclusive of the whole person and encompasses their history and environment. Trauma-informed care occurs when a practitioner creates an environment for a person that privileges their safety (whether emotional, physical or otherwise) and their ability to make decisions by being collaborative, responsive, attentive and flexible in the treatment based on the unique needs of the client and their history. The terms trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive are often used interchangeably. To be sensitive to trauma involves understanding that a survivor may have specific and unique needs that the practitioner should be attentive to. Being trauma-informed suggests that the practitioner has a more nuanced or in-depth understanding of the impact of trauma, as well as training in making specific modifications or adaptations to account for trauma’s impact on the different aspects of the human system. In my work, I strive to be sensitive to the needs of each client, as well as deeply informed and educated about the nature of trauma and its layered impacts on the various systems of the body and mind.




What is Somatic Psychotherapy?


Somatic work points to a wide range of somatic (body-oriented) modalities for healing and well-being. The word somatic simply means "of, or relating to the body". In my work, I draw from three specific somatic approaches to learning and healing: Yoga, Somatic Experiencing, and Trauma Resiliency Model. Other points of influence include cutting-edge findings in somatic psychology, neuroscience, poly vagal theory, and attachment theory. More about Somatic Experiencing here. More about Trauma Resiliency Model here. More about Yoga here.




What is Mindfulness?


Mindfulness points to a state of being where the mind is fully attending to what is happening in the present moment - to what you are doing, to your environment, to your thoughts and feelings within the experience. Our capacity to be fully present in any given moment can be cultivated through traditional forms of meditation, but also in mundane activities of daily life. The practice of mindfulness is seamlessly woven in to the somatic work that I do. No special skills are required, simply a curiosity and a willingness to learn.




Fees / Investment


My regular fees are as follows: 60-minute session: $125 90-minute session $175 In order to make counseling accessible, I do offer a limited number of reduced rate spots ($70-100). If that is not affordable for you, I am a member of Open Path Collective and have three lower fee spots. Check with me about availability. My reduced rate spots are often wait-listed but let me know if you would like to be added to that list. I can also help with additional referrals if needed.




Do you take insurance?


I do not take health insurance for several reasons, including: mandatory diagnosis, decreased confidentiality, insurance-driven (instead of client-centered) treatment plan. Health insurance companies require clinicians to assign a diagnosis to each client in order to process a claim, often with in the first session or two of meeting. This information stays with your record permantently and in certain cases can be used to inform eligibility for future insurance claims or even job applications. Sessions notes and documentation become part of your client record which is subject to audit by the insurance company at any time, meaning information you share with your therapist can be evaluated by your insurance company. Furthermore, your insurance company may place limitations on number of approved sessions or even the type of treatment that they will approve for reimbursement. I am reluctant to participate in this process for these reasons and more. If this means that my rates become inaccessible to you, I am happy to work with you on a session rate that is affordable for both of us. .




Do you offer telehealth?


Yes! I am able to easily offer sessions via video or telephone.