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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find answers to the questions most often asked about my services and approach.

A holistic approach is comprehensive, addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. 

Connection and social support provide the backbone to resilience and overall health and well-being.

Play is not just for kids. Play and joy is an essential piece of a life well lived. It reduces stress, boosts creativity, and improves overall well-being

Self-discovery, or the process of gaining a deeper understanding of oneself, can have profound effects on mental, emotional, and even physical health.

What do you mean by 
Holistic Approach?

Holistic Approach

Honoring the Whole Person:

Health and well-being are influenced by multiple factors, including physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of life. By addressing you as a whole person, we will aim to restore balance and promote your version of optimal health.

Wheel of Health

Mind-Body Connection

The mind and body are interconnected. 

Mental and emotional states can impact physical health, and vice versa. We will incorporate mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation techniques to promote harmony between your mind and body.

Mind Body Connection
herbal medicine

Natural and Integrative Therapies

Nutrition, herbal medicine, and mind-body practices are natural ways to find balance and healing. These modalities are used in conjunction with conventional medicine to enhance healing and support the body's innate ability to heal itself.

Emphasis on Self-Care and Empowerment

Emotional well-being is vital to overall health. Reflective listening, expressive arts therapy, and journaling are used to support your emotional healing, processing of past traumas, and development of coping skills.

Emphasis on Self-Care and Empowerment
Individualized Care

Individualized Care:

The work we do together will be centered around your unique needs and preferences. What works for one person may not work for another, so treatments and interventions are customized accordingly to your individual needs.

Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Stress reduction and relaxation techniques  promote physical and mental well-being. I will lead you in practices such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and yoga poses, to help with managing stress, improve sleep quality, and enhance resilience.

Cultivation of Mindfulness and Awareness

Mindfulness and present-moment awareness  reduce stress, enhance focus, and foster a deeper connection with oneself and others. A portion of every session with me include activities that increase mindfulness.

Cultivation of Mindfulness and Awareness
Integration of spirituality and meaning

Integration of Spirituality and Meaning

All beings regardless of religion or spiritual beliefs, need a sense of meaning and purpose for a sense of health and well-being. We honor whatever your spiritual beliefs and values are, and I provide support for spiritual exploration, growth, and connection.

Why is Play Important?


Stress Reduction:


Engaging in playful activities can help reduce stress levels. Play triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals, which can promote relaxation and alleviate tension.

Improved Mood:


Playfulness and laughter go hand in hand. Engaging in enjoyable and lighthearted activities can boost mood, increase feelings of happiness, and combat feelings of sadness or depression.

Enhanced Creativity:

Play encourages exploration, experimentation, and imagination, all of which are essential components of creativity. Engaging in playful activities can spark new ideas, inspire innovative thinking, and help adults approach challenges with fresh perspectives.

Better Cognitive Function:


Play stimulates the brain and can enhance cognitive function. Whether it's solving puzzles, playing strategy games, or engaging in playful banter, these activities can sharpen mental acuity, improve problem-solving skills, and foster cognitive flexibility.

Increased Social Bonding 


Play provides opportunities for social interaction and bonding with others. Whether it's participating in team sports, joining a game night with friends, or attending improv classes, playful activities can strengthen social connections and build meaningful relationships.

Promotion of Physical Health

Many forms of play involve physical activity, which is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being. Whether it's dancing, hiking, playing sports, or simply goofing around, engaging in playful physical activities can improve cardiovascular health, increase flexibility and strength, and boost energy levels.

Strengthened Relationships


Playfulness can deepen connections with romantic partners, friends, family members, and colleagues. Sharing playful moments can foster intimacy, trust, and mutual understanding, strengthening the bonds between individuals.

Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills 


Play often involves navigating challenges, whether it's solving puzzles, overcoming obstacles in games, or improvising during playful activities. These experiences can improve adults' ability to think critically, adapt to new situations, and find creative solutions to problems.

Increased Resilience


Playfulness encourages a lighthearted and optimistic outlook on life, which can help individuals bounce back from setbacks and adversity. Engaging in playful activities can cultivate a resilient mindset and provide a source of comfort and solace during difficult times.

Fostering Lifelong Learning


 Playful exploration fosters a love of learning that extends into adulthood. Whether it's learning a new hobby, mastering a skill, or exploring new interests, play encourages curiosity, experimentation, and ongoing personal growth.

What are the benefits of social support and meaningful relationships?

Community Connection

Reduced Stress

Having a supportive network of friends, family, and community members can help reduce stress levels. Knowing that you have people to turn to in times of need can provide emotional comfort and alleviate the physiological effects of stress. I intentionally design support groups to create this network of support and encourage group members to stay in contact with one another so they may have this sense of community for years to come.


Improved Mental Health 

Social support is strongly linked to better mental health outcomes. Being part of a community can provide a sense of belonging, purpose, and identity, which are important for maintaining psychological well-being. Social connections can also serve as a buffer against conditions like depression and anxiety.

Enhanced Physical Health 


Studies have shown that individuals with strong social ties tend to have better physical health outcomes. This can be attributed to various factors, including encouragement to adopt healthier behaviors, access to resources and information, and the beneficial effects of social interaction on physiological processes.



Research suggests that having a strong social support network is associated with increased longevity. Individuals who maintain close relationships and are actively engaged in their communities tend to live longer, healthier lives compared to those who are socially isolated.

Improved Coping Skills 


When facing challenges or adversity, having a supportive community can provide you with valuable coping resources. Whether it's practical assistance, emotional support, or simply a listening ear, knowing that others are there to help can make difficult situations more manageable.

Boosted Immune Function


Strong social ties have been linked to a stronger immune system. Positive social interactions and emotional support can stimulate the release of hormones and neurotransmitters that enhance immune function, helping the body better defend against infections and illnesses.

Promotion of Healthy Behaviors 


Being part of a community that values health and well-being can motivate individuals to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Whether it's exercising together, sharing nutritious meals, or engaging in recreational activities, social support can reinforce positive lifestyle choices.

Faster Recovery 


Social support can facilitate faster recovery from illness, injury, or surgery. Having friends, family, or neighbors who can provide assistance with tasks like transportation, meal preparation, or household chores can ease the burden on individuals during the recovery process.

What are the benefits of self-exploration?

Self Exploration

Increased Self-Awareness


Self-discovery involves introspection and reflection, which can lead to a greater awareness of one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This heightened self-awareness can help you better understand your strengths, weaknesses, values, and motivations.


Improved Emotional Regulation

Through self-discovery, individuals can identify and explore their emotions more effectively. This increased emotional awareness and understanding can lead to better emotional regulation skills, enabling you to manage stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions more efficiently.

Enhanced Resilience


Self-discovery often involves confronting and overcoming challenges, which can build resilience. By gaining insight into your own abilities, coping mechanisms, and sources of strength, you become better equipped to navigate life's ups and downs with grace and determination.

Greater Self-Confidence


As you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, you can develop a stronger sense of self-confidence. Knowing who you are, what you stand for, and what you're capable of can bolster self-esteem and self-assurance, leading to a more positive self-image.

Improved Relationships 


Self-discovery can lead to healthier relationships with others. When you have a clear understanding of your own needs, boundaries, and communication styles, you can engage more authentically and effectively in your interpersonal interactions, fostering deeper connections and more meaningful relationships.

Better Decision Making


Self-discovery can help you clarify your values, goals, and priorities, which in turn can lead to more informed and intentional decision-making. By aligning your choices with your authentic self, you are more likely to pursue paths that bring you fulfillment and satisfaction.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety


Developing a deeper understanding of yourself can alleviate the uncertainty and anxiety that often accompany self-doubt and identity confusion. By gaining clarity about who you are and what you want out of life, you can experience greater peace of mind and a reduced sense of existential angst.

Enhanced Well-Being 


Self-discovery is closely linked to overall well-being. By investing time and effort into exploring your values, passions, and purpose, you can cultivate a sense of meaning and fulfillment in your life, leading to greater overall satisfaction and happiness.

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