1416 Sweet Home Rd. Suite 1. Amherst NY 14228
Blending therapy and spirituality
I am a master therapist. I have mentored, coached, and provided therapy to numerous therapists. I provide training and consultation to multiple agencies. I teach many of the models that I use..
But what really matters to me more than anything else is personal growth- mine and everyone else's. As a practicing Buddhist, I aspire towards the Bodhisattva vow, a version of which is:
Suffering beings are numberless, I vow to liberate them all. Attachment is inexhaustible, I vow to release it all. The gates to truth are numberless, I vow to master them all.
I truly believe that we can all overcome that which holds us back- in terms of mental illness, life stressors, grief, etc, but also in terms of that which keeps us from aspiring to and working towards being free. I want to help people- clients or not- to explore the journey towards being truly awake and free.
My primary strategy as a therapist is to ensure that every choice I make is functional, meaning that each choice is designed to move the client forward in ways that actually results in change, clarity, and freedom. Too much therapy is like wandering in the woods, frankly, without a clear path or end-goal. I develop treatment plans with clients, collaboratively, so that we are on the same page about what needs to happen and how to get there.
I use a variety of therapy methods to help us get to that point where real change happens.
I am a certified EMDR Therapist, as well as an Approved Consultant and Basic Training Provider. EMDR is a way to help take old memories and change how they are stored so that they no longer create disturbance or disotions on our actions and identity.
I am an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) therapist as well. ACT
is about creating a new relationship to the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that try to keep up from doing what really matters to us- even when it is intense, scary, etc.
I also use a lot of of perspective that I develop as a practicing Buddhist and meditator. I work in many schools of Buddhism, but focus mostly in somatic work, based on the work of Reggie Ray. This work has taught me so much, I am thrilled to help you launch or deepen your journey into Buddhist psychology work as well, if you are open to it.
Most recently, I am developing strong interests and practices involving shamanic work and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. For me, shamanic work is about developing intuition and vision. It is about looking at and exploring our lives from a deep level to understand what reality is, as well as how to understand the events in our lives and how we can use them to grow. True psychedelics temporarily dissolve the default mode network, which is literally the process in our brains that results in the ego and the defenses that protect that ego. Dissolving that process for a while can help us see beyond the small self and into our true nature. Though certain substances can create this effect, things like shamanic drumming and meditation (generally, but most specifically come of the esoteric practices of Tibetan Buddhist meditation0, can do this as well.
I am surely not fully awake or free yet, either. I have a long history of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Though it has been many years now since I have used or been crippled by my issues, I know what being there is like. In this way, I am a fellow traveller on the path. I work to be genuine, direct, and respectful with clients. I am open about my own work and try to work on a human-to-human level rather than taking a hierarchical stance.
Please also check out my fantastic colleagues here at Samadhi!