I'm a Gestalt therapist who works with chronic illness, complex trauma, and childhood attachment and relationship issues.
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I grew up in an extreme family; I am a fourth generation Ski Patroller and our family trips always consisted of adventures in intense heat, blizzard, or backpacking, biking, climbing early in the morning or late into the night. By the time I was 15 I had broken a few bones, had a couple surgeries, and collected around 10 concussions. All of this gave me a good understanding of trauma; however, the thing that had the biggest impact on my life was contracting chronic lyme disease somewhere along the journey.
I joined the Peace Corps after college and began to have strange and unexplainable symptoms: tingling forearms, intense and debilitating back and stomach pain, constipation, and an assortment of mental symptoms I struggled to describe to anyone. When I returned to the States I sought out doctor after doctor and received a variety of diagnoses and treatments that didn’t really help or make sense of my experience and my suffering. I didn’t have the energy for the intense adventures and connections of my friends and family and slowly lost touch with the sense of who I am, who I was, and the purpose of my life.
I struggled for 12 years to really separate out what was my illness, what was my trauma, and what was all the relational, emotional unfinished business that was getting in the way of my recovery. While not fully healed, and likely always in recovery, through psychotherapy, physical therapy, and a plethora of supplements and medications I have been able to regain a deep
Well-Being has become a catch-all phrase for the ideal way we are supposed to feel to be happy and have peace and satisfaction in our lives. It’s a nice idea, but this falls short when you’re feeling sick, tired, and lost. When your relationship just fell apart, a loved one has died, you got seriously injured, or you just got diagnosed with a chronic illness and your entire life has to change. When you don’t know if you’ll ever feel well again or get back to the same quality of life and relation