Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy
TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises)
Masters degree in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology from ELTE University in Budapest, MSEd in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College, New York, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, certified by the Foundation for Human Enrichment/SE Trauma Institute
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist, Certified TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) Practitioner, Certified Realization Process Practitioner and Embodied Meditation Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified HypnoBirthing Teacher, Birth Doula
I was originally drawn to study cognitive and developmental psychology because I was fascinated by human consciousness. Simultaneously, I studied contemporary dance and worked professionally as a dancer and choreographer. These two prongs—analytical and expressive, intellectual and intuitive—drove me to explore therapeutic practices that work with both mind and body. I am trained in several modalities that work across this nexus—Somatic Experiencing, Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy, TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) and the Realization Process. I also worked as a birth doula. Beyond specific applications to the birthing process, that work taught me to gently support transitional processes that ask us to go to the edge of our physical and emotional capabilities. My training in neuroscience provides me with specialized understanding of the nervous system and how trauma and stress are stored in the body. This knowledge also guides me in devising truly effective and helpful therapeutic interventions. I interweave all my skills and experiences to meet the unique needs of each client.
The sessions often include talk therapy, exploring your stories, memories, your experience of life. At times I may ask you to pay attention to your sensations and ask you to share impressions of what you feel in your body— tightness, heat, shakiness, expansion, relaxation. We may alternate between these levels, learning to pay attention to the language of your body, creating possibilities for new insights and approaches to your experience. I will teach you ways to track, or follow, these sensations with your awareness and come to a place of rebalance.
The body-oriented psychotherapy approaches I use are powerful in addressing the symptoms of emotional and physical trauma, such as depression, shame, anxiety, panic attacks, flashbacks, chronic pain, difficulty paying attention, struggles in relationships, or a general feeling of being stuck. I use the word ‘trauma’ in the sense that something was overwhelming for the nervous system at the time; so the word doesn’t necessarily describe the extremeness of the event that took place, but rather the reaction of the nervous system. I will work with you as you discover your own inner resources, finding your own way forward, heal and integrate past experiences, become more resilient, feel more comfortable in your skin and at home in the world. You might find that the process leads to a joyful new openness.
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