What I Do
My purpose is to spread joy and empowerment through the use of
evidence-based tools that produce quick and lasting results.
(Emotional Freedom Techniques)
EFT is a fast-acting and proven intervention that combines elements of exposure, somatic, and cognitive therapies. It involves tapping with your fingertips on specific acupressure points — or energy “hot spots” — to restore balance to the body’s energy system. These meridian points send electrochemical impulses to the parts of the brain that control disturbing emotions related to stress and anxiety.
By combining tapping with the truth of your challenging emotions, we can reprogram the neural pathways that cause upsetting feelings and bodily sensations and encourage the growth of new, more empowering beliefs.
EFT is noninvasive, nonpharmaceutical, and has proven to result in profound, positive change for those struggling with both psychological and physiological conditions.
A growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation and demonstrates that it may result in enhanced emotional well-being and overall health. Because it produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind, meditation helps alleviate stress and interrupts intrusive thoughts and emotions. It teaches us to stay centered and cultivate a deep sense of inner peace.
The emotional and physical benefits of meditation include : gaining a new perspective on traumas and stressful situations, increasing self-awareness and mindfulness, managing emotions, expanding imagination and creativity, increasing patience and tolerance, lowering resting heart rate and blood pressure, and improving sleep quality.
Studies show the practice—which combines stretching and other exercises with deep breathing and meditation—can improve overall physical fitness, strength, flexibility and lung capacity, while reducing heart rate,
blood pressure and back pain.
But what is perhaps unknown to those who consider yoga just another exercise form is that there is a growing body of research documenting yoga's psychological benefits. Several recent studies suggest that yoga may help strengthen social attachments, reduce stress and relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia. Researchers are also starting to claim some success in using yoga and yoga-based treatments to help active-duty military and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"The evidence is showing that yoga really helps change people at every level," says Stanford University health psychologist and yoga instructor Kelly McGonigal, PhD.
That's why more clinicians have embraced yoga as a complement to psychotherapy, McGonigal says. They're encouraging yoga as a tool clients can use outside the therapy office to cope with stress and anxieties, and even heal emotional wounds.
American Psychological Association
What About Trauma?
What is Trauma?
If you have ever:
perceived a threat to your physical survival,
felt like you couldn't cope or were powerless,
felt isolated and alone,
and/or felt as if your expectations were violated,
How Prevalent is Trauma?
"There are more civilians with PTSD than there are veterans. There's a huge repository of trauma in our society that needs to be dealt with. It causes untold damage in people's lives, and it's not just personal damage. It's societal and economic, and we are suffering as a country."
Dorothea Hover-Kramer EdD, RN
Does Trauma Affect Me?
Stress -- in the form of traumatic events, job strain, everyday stressors and discrimination -- accelerates aging of the immune system, potentially increasing a person's risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and illness from infections such as COVID-19, according to a new USC study.
How Can EFT Help?
"Studies in a variety of populations...have all found that EFT Tapping helps people to significantly reduce their stress. The research shows that Tapping is actually able to turn down the biological stress response in the body, helping our brains and bodies to get out of fight-or-flight and stay more balanced."