I specialize in working with individuals living with disabilities, or chronic pain and illness. In our society, the barriers are innumerable for those living with visible or invisible disabilities. Many of us living with chronic pain or illness experience our struggles in a very personal and isolated way. At times, the socio-cultural effects of a disability/pain/illness are more difficult due to the stigma, lack of understanding, and lack of support resources available in our communities. In fact, even our closest loved ones at times do not "get it" or treat us differently out of pity or fear.
I use tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as teachings of mindfulness and somatic (body) oriented modalities in my work with clients experiencing disability/pain/chronic illness onset or progression. I also emphasize the mind-body connection in my work: knowing that what the body experiences, the mind does as well (and vice versa). Feelings of loss, grief, confusion, anger, frustration, hopelessness, a loss of direction, anxiety or fear are very common and very normal. In our work, we will cover many essential elements of your identity, experience and self-identified goals of therapy, including:
I look forward to hearing from you and to joining you on this journey of coping, persevering, growth and thriving.