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I specialize in trauma and PTSD, substance abuse and addiction, eating disorders and body image issues, relationship issues, and sex therapy. I work with adults in individual and couples therapy. I like to help clients recognize the patterns in their life that have been destructive or disruptive, and help them compassionately understand what is driving these patterns. In the process, clients develop new ways of being, relating, and living their truth that are in alignment with what they value.
Why Paper Cranes?
In traditional Japanese culture, paper cranes are regarded as a symbol of peace and hope. It was believed if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wishes would come true. The cranes are strung together – usually 25 strings of 40 cranes each – and given as gifts. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.
A famous story about paper crane is that of Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was a little girl who as exposed to radiation as an infant when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Although she survived the bomb, she was diagnosed with leukemia by the age of 12. She decided to fold 1000 cranes, hoping that her wish to live and for peace would come true.
“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.” -Sadako Sasaki
Her brother later said, “She let out both the pain of our parents and her own suffering with each crane. She hid her suffering and was very tolerant of the pain. Her spirit encouraged others around her to be brave,” Sasaki told me. Unfortunately, she was only able to fold 644 cranes before she died. Her classmates then continued to fold paper cranes in her honor. She was buried with a wreath of 1000 cranes to honor her dream.
Her story inspires me to support people and communities to find small peace within their world. In creating small peace, we can create bigger peace. The paper crane to be a is symbol of this courageous work to invest in and heal themselves through our work together. My hope that even in the most hopeless situations, we never give up, together to find peace within.