Your First Session

As you step into my office for the first time, you will be made to feel welcome and comfortable. Together, we will become curious and inviting about how your past and present experiences affect and shape you. Since life woundings typically happen through relationship, it follows that healing also happens in relationship with a trusted person.

I respectfully balance your need for acceptance for who you are with your need for change.

Your care is held in confidence. The only exceptions to this confidentiality are:

  • 1) if you are at immediate danger to yourself or
  • 2) others,
  • 3) if a child is in danger of neglect or abuse, and
  • 4) if your charts are subpoenaed by court.

You will be asked for payment at the close of the session and you may seek compensation from your insurance sources or spending plans independently. You may wish to contact your insurance ahead of time to ask about your specific coverage plan for OT.

You are free to express any thoughts or preferences you have about therapy, including requesting additional, or alternate, referrals. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and I commit to assisting you in speaking up for what you value and need.

I will teach you about my approach, deeply informed by Hakomi body-focused psychotherapy, and will offer a chance to see if this mindful method and my style is a fit for you.

In the first session I will gather your “client information” as well as discuss the parameters of therapy. A separate consent form will relate to the therapeutic use of touch. Incorporating touch is always at your pace.

“…the heart that feels deeply has wisdom…” ~Chuang Tzu

My goal is to listen to your specific needs: Do you hope to increase your sense of meaning and satisfaction? Are you looking to improve your day to day functioning (ie: relationships with others, functioning at work, your sense of yourself)? Do you perhaps have automatic physical, or psychological, reactions that get in your way?

We work on what you want to work on, and spend time on what you find beneficial for your healing, with clear guidance from me on why I am suggesting the interventions I suggest.



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Last week I saw a video of a therapist reviewing and teaching a type of breath-work that involved a person pushing breath out strongly by pinching in their abdominal muscles. The instructions also involved acting as if one is blowing out a candle that is about arms length away. She suggested to re-seed one’s breath and reset an upset system by attempting to blow out this imaginary candle about 10 times, before your body may allow you to move into deeper, intentional breathing. It was a good video, but I should have noted its location (URL) at the time.

However, this simple list from “The Utopian Life” also appears to be quite good. If you have success with it, feel free to email me with what you notice. (I’m getting no payment for mentioning them. Check out their site if you wish).


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