“I help folks identify patterns of thought and patterns of behavior, and then assess whether those patterns are effective or not.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I graduated from college, I worked in education and provided executive functioning support to students. I thought, “wouldn’t it be great if I could support these students in other ways?” I have always had a passion for talking to people, so becoming a therapist seemed like the logical next step.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a psychodynamic therapist, which means that sessions can feel a little bit amorphous. I help folks identify patterns of thought and patterns of behavior, and then assess whether those patterns are effective or not. During sessions, I can be a bit of a talker. I give feedback and push clients to connect thoughts and experiences with feelings. The first few sessions may feel a little clunky or stop-and-go, which I think is totally normal. We are trying to get to know each other, after all.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I am a firm believer in the “it takes a village” mentality, and I really value collaboration between providers. This is particularly important if someone takes medication or has a co-occurring medical condition. A team of providers who regularly communicate is essential to continuity of comprehensive care.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Going to therapy doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with you. Instead, therapy is an invitation to get curious in the presence of someone else. A person is not a diagnosis. Rather, a diagnosis is a classification of symptoms. I talk to people and not their diagnoses.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I really enjoy studying attachment theory and how early experiences provide us with templates that create future experiences. I often consider how early relationships influence the way we connect with others and the world around us.
“I talk to people and not their diagnoses.”