“I believe deeply in the proverb, 'Tension is who you think you should be; relaxation is who you are.'”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been endlessly interested in the human experience, in all facets and modalities of therapy. While I believe this has always been my true work, my path to get here has been winding, with important stops along the way that have shaped my perspective and inform how I practice. I began my career in feature film production, and spent over a decade working in film & traveling the world in between projects. I gradually found my way into healing arts through studying and teaching yoga and meditation. There was a natural progression that occurred as I continued to teach; I soon realized that it was the deeper exchanges and connections happening between and after classes that were showing me the way I wished to serve. I wanted to know my clients’ full experience and assist them in moving into alignment in other ways. I have long realized as I have moved forward on my path: the golden thread that has woven it all together has been my deep interest in human story and connection.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe deeply in the proverb “Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are." My ultimate goal is to create a safe space for that kind of relaxation to take place, so that it can continue to ripple outward into all areas of one’s life. I bring my whole self into my work, and I place an emphasis on the relationship we create together. I work to create a warm, inviting place for your stories to unfold, for you to feel comfortable exploring the places that hurt, that are tender, that feel like “who you think you should be”. This creates space to transform that which no longer serves, and for the authentic self to be honored, strengthened, and emerge more fully. I’m interested in how the past can inform the present moment, and seek to utilize it as a way to understand how to move forward with increased awareness and insight, and a heightened ability to choose wisely. I view my role as a therapist as guiding others home to their own innate wisdom.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe our studentship is everything. I see my learning as a sacred duty, an infinite and never-ending process. I weave into to my work a wide range of experience from both inside and outside the walls of classrooms and therapeutic settings. After earning my Masters, I went on to study Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. I continue working with mentors I deeply respect, and take part in training on an ongoing basis to expand and broaden my perspective. I seek and gather inspiration in all that I do: through continuous study and reading; through seeking out those with different perspectives; through my own personal healing & wellness practices; through nature and music & art; through my own travels: global, local, and as Proust so aptly noted, “in having new eyes.” My work is influenced by Eastern philosophy and practices and Existentialism; I see cultivating presence and finding meaning in the places we have been as the infinite curriculum.
“My ultimate goal is to create a safe space for that kind of relaxation to take place so that it can continue to ripple outward into all areas of life.”