“Therapy can be a very interactive process. The relationship gradually built between therapist and patient is integral to progress.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Therapy has always been a really important part of my own life and a grounding force, particularly in moments of uncertainty and high stress. It has been incredibly rewarding to be able to offer my own clients the same type of therapeutic holding environment that felt so comforting and safe to me. I completed my post-graduate training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, which gave me the tools to build a relational framework. I later completed additional training at the Seleni Institute and the Postpartum Stress Center, but my own experience of having children has been my most valuable resource in my work with new and expecting parents.
What should someone know about working with you?
Although I think it’s important to understand the landscape of a new client’s life when we’re first starting to work with each other, it’s equally important to start where the client is at in that moment in time. Often, clients come to therapy in moments of crisis, so it’s important for me to attend to what feels most urgent and then work from there. I am very interactive and see a lot of value in bringing humor into the work and keeping things real. I make no promises to have all of the answers or the most impressive interpretations, but I can promise that I will always be authentic, compassionate, and comforting.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I have been working with a supervisor on and off since starting my private practice more than three years ago. I think it’s important to continually learn and stay curious about my own countertransference. I am always open to working with other providers and believe that collaboration with a team of psychiatrists and nutritionists as needed is in the best interest of the client.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
There are a lot of media representations of mental health care that I fear prevent many people from engaging in therapy. It is my sincere hope to break the stereotypes of the silent observer (although that is an important and useful tool from time to time). Therapy can be a very interactive process. The relationship gradually built between therapist and patient is integral to progress.
What do you like most about working with women in the perinatal timeframe?
Our society does not adequately prepare women for the messiness of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Motherhood is often scary, exhausting, and overwhelming! My goal during treatment is to create a space where women feel safe to express their most painful and troubling thoughts, explore the guilt and anger that all too frequently accompanies new mothers, and process the ways in which their lives have irrevocably changed since the moment they gave birth. It is my sincere hope to help women pave a path towards a renewed sense of self and harness their courage as they move forward on their journey into motherhood. In order to heal and get well, I want them to feel grounded in the decisions they make for themselves and their families.
“It is my sincere hope to help women pave a path towards a renewed sense of self and harness their courage as they move forward on their journey into motherhood.”