“While many in the therapy field follow strict programs and assigned exercises, my approach is more laid-back and explorative; life is messy and so is healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I took an interest in the lives of people early in life when I found myself supporting friends who struggled with their own mental health. My areas of focus are largely life transitions and identity formation. These are the two areas of my own life that have been marked by great struggles and even greater growth. I believe moving through these seasons with the right support can change the trajectory of someone's life and relationships for the better. In my past role, I was a clinical social worker at a top cancer hospital, working primarily with patients receiving bone marrow transplants. While I valued this opportunity to support families during the midst of intense cancer treatment, I felt limited in my ability to support them beyond the immediate stress of dealing with cancer. I made the decision to pursue private practice to work with my clients in achieving deep healing.
What should someone know about working with you?
While many in the therapy field follow strict programs and assigned exercises, my approach is more laid-back and explorative; life is messy and so is healing. Together, we become acquainted with the particularities of your story and explore what holds you back from growing. I take a holistic approach, meaning we look at the full picture of your life and go beyond the immediate events that brought you into counseling. Sessions are collaborative and I seldom assign homework but may make suggestions on books to read. I work best with clients who are open to exploring the fullness of their story and open to healing beyond symptom management.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I'm most interested in attachment-based and trauma-informed practices. I have an interest in the advances in the neuroscience space and love learning from leaders in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. There are some fascinating newer treatments out there, such as internal family systems and polyvagal theory that I plan on pursuing advanced training in as soon as I am able.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm most excited about the many new developments in the therapy field, particularly at the intersection of neuroscience and trauma-informed treatment. The practice of therapy is relatively new and modern advances in science mean we're constantly learning more about the nature of the brain and humanity and finding better ways to help our clients.
What's something unique I offer as a therapist?
To clients who are interested in spiritual identity or faith, I incorporate spiritual integration and identity formation into sessions. All clients can expect high-quality counseling but for those for whom spirituality is important, this is a valuable addition to explore within the context of therapy. My personal faith background is in Christianity but people from all faith backgrounds are welcome.
“I work best with clients who are open to exploring the fullness of their story and open to healing beyond symptom management.”