“Together, we will work to uncover the roots of your anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, and maladaptive patterns that do not serve your authentic self.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
While I intended to use my degree to engage in social justice, my first field placement at a therapeutic nursery school made it clear my skills were best suited for empowering individuals to improve their own lives through therapy. I incorporate equity and anti-oppression within my therapeutic partnerships, collaborating with clients to discover their resiliency and greater wellbeing (however they define it). While working at outpatient clinics, day treatment schools, and residential treatment facilities, I witnessed how attachment and trauma are universal human experiences that play significant roles in our ability to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. I was drawn to maternal mental health after seeing how the lack of support to birthing people and parents impacted their mental health, relationships, and families, perpetuating suffering and intergenerational trauma. I also use my training in yoga and reiki to support a holistic approach to therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our first session, my primary goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and compassionate space for you to share your story. Through empathic communication and trauma-informed approaches, I will get to learn more about your goals for therapy and see if we are a good fit to partner together in your healing journey. Together, we will work to uncover the roots of your anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, and maladaptive patterns that do not serve your authentic self. Through the lens of past experiences and relationships, we better understand current issues. It is by establishing a trusting relationship with you that I can hold space for you to tolerate difficult emotions and move through them to find meaning and change where necessary. By integrating talk therapy, mindfulness, and movement, we will collaborate to develop your self-awareness, identify barriers to growth, and establish healthy coping strategies that encourage joy and honor your dignity, culture, and lived experience.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Therapy is a constantly evolving practice and I believe that continuing to learn and grow my knowledge and skill set is the best way to serve my clients. My best teachers are those I partner with in therapy. It is their vulnerability, courage, and willingness to explore their own experience that inspire and guide the continuing education I choose to pursue. My experiences working with children and families sparked my passion for better understanding how attachment and trauma shape our mental health, our relationships, and the ways we relate to the world. This led me to trauma-informed care and maternal mental health, as I am a firm believer in secure attachments as a foundation to our wellbeing. Equity is central to my therapeutic approach, so my continuing education often involves decolonizing my own mindset in addition to keeping my skills and knowledge up-to-date with current practices and research.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited to be a part of the Alma community where I can connect with clients who are courageously looking to engage in the therapeutic process. I am so inspired by all the advocates of maternal mental health who have fought to diminish the stigma of prenatal and postpartum struggles. Still, there remains a significant gap in care for birthing and mothering people that I feel honored to help fill. While my work is not exclusive to maternal mental health, I am excited to be a part of this work and contribute to the wellbeing of those struggling in their pregnancy and postpartum period. It is my hope that with telehealth services, mental health care can be more equitable and accessible to all people.
“By integrating talk therapy, mindfulness, and movement, we will collaborate to develop your self-awareness, identify barriers to growth, and establish healthy coping strategies that encourage joy and honor your dignity, culture, and lived experience.”