“Who you are and what you have experienced is unique—and so will be your path to healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been drawn to people’s stories. My love of the arts originally drew me in that direction as a career path, but once I discovered psychology and women’s studies in college, I was hooked. Connecting the dots of culture, mental health, family upbringing, and life experiences to understand who we are fascinates me. I am fueled by a desire to address social injustice, which has led me to activism work in the fields of women’s healthcare, antiracism, and LGBTQ+ rights. I have also worked with survivors of relationship abuse and sexual assault, and military service members with PTSD.
What should someone know about working with you?
Who you are and what you have experienced is unique—and so will be your path to healing. I use an integrative, individualized approach. Whether you’re looking for short-term treatment to resolve a specific problem in your life or longer-term therapy to delve into deeper issues, together we will develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs. Our intake appointment will be dedicated to learning your reasons for seeking therapy and discussing the first steps in meeting your goals. My approach draws mainly from relational, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and trauma-informed therapies. It’s a privilege for me to be a part of and witness the power of an empathic, attuned relationship.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration with other providers is important in many ways. In treatment, it’s essential for different providers working with the same client (such as psychiatrists, nutritionists, etc.) to work as a team in order to best support the client. As a service provider, it is also crucial for me to be in supervision with my own advisor. Supervision allows me to be insightful about my personal process providing therapy and ensures I am providing high-quality services. I also prioritize attending workshops, conferences, and other continuing-education opportunities. I enjoy reading literature related to my work. As a therapist, my learning is never done—and I love that about it.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about how much we are continuing to learn about the brain. Did you know that our brains continue to physically grow as we form and reinforce new neural connections? So much of emotional regulation can be understood through how the brain and nervous system work. This knowledge opens the door to learning how to regulate our feelings and control our reactions to uncontrollable life experiences. Not only can we learn practical, effective coping skills, but we can also actually change the wiring of our brains to create healthier thinking and behavioral patterns.
How did your work as a social worker in an acute, inpatient setting impact your work as an outpatient therapist?
At the inpatient hospital, I was able to assist people going through times of crisis—when they were at their most vulnerable. Being present with them and helping them gather the resources they needed to reintegrate into their lives was a very meaningful experience. The limiting part of this work was that I wasn’t able to continue with my clients as they faced the difficult task of putting plans into action beyond the hospital. As an outpatient therapist, I bring with me the skills of crisis intervention and I get the privilege to continue with clients as they work through issues in real time.
“Not only can we learn practical, effective coping skills, but we can also actually change the wiring of our brains to create healthier thinking and behavioral patterns.”
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