“I am a feminist and am striving to be antiracist, LGBTQIA-affirming, and an ally to those experiencing oppression of any kind.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I studied art and worked professionally as a filmmaker for many years before changing careers to become a therapist. In my own life, talk therapy was transformational, and this experience inspired me to go back to grad school and take on this role myself. I've worked with adults with addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and personality disorders in both outpatient and residential settings. Whatever the context, I find talking with clients about their lives and experiences to be immensely fulfilling. When clients feel able to trust me with their stories, their feelings, and their pain, they give me an exquisite gift. It means a great deal to me to witness and assist in my clients' growth.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a feminist and am striving to be antiracist, LGBTQIA-affirming, and an ally to those experiencing oppression of any kind. I craft each course of therapy in collaboration with the client, according to your needs, preferences, and goals. Homework assignments may be a good idea, depending on your objectives, but are always a collaborative discussion. If you are struggling with addiction, I do not require you to be abstinent from substances. I am eager to partner with you wherever you are, whether that looks like reducing your substance intake, strategic harm reduction, or working toward total abstinence. I believe that every person deserves to be deeply seen and understood and that every person deserves kindness, respect, and compassion. I believe that addiction, trauma, anxiety, and depression are highly treatable illnesses. I've seen many people transform their lives for the better and I know that happier, richer, and freer lives are accessible to everyone with a little work.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am thrilled that mental health is becoming less stigmatized in our society and that more people are feeling able to talk about their sadness, anxiety, addictions, trauma, and other painful challenges. As people feel empowered to speak about their own experiences, they will overcome the shame, self-blame, and isolation that only worsens these nearly universal human experiences. Whatever you may be feeling, please know that you are not the only one! I would love to hear about your feelings and understand your experience!
“I've seen many people transform their lives for the better and I know that happier, richer, and freer lives are accessible to everyone with a little work.”