“You can expect me to listen carefully, be engaged, and remain flexible and active.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I completed a degree in clinical community counseling with a focus on treatment systems emphasizing emotion, sensation, and thought. After receiving specialized training in working with at-risk youth, my practice focused on play therapy with preschool age children and their parents, using creative ways to address young children through play, art, and storytelling. At some point during therapy, there would often be a moment of vulnerability from a parent, revealing their own issues. I began seeing that many parents have been managing life without ever receiving help for their own anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Many were dealing with the demands of a career, familial issues, relationship problems, or financial pressure and were at a loss of how to deal with their stress. I realized that there is a need to help those in early adulthood cope better and feel better so they can be more comfortable with themselves, experience intimacy with their partner, and gain control of their life.
What should someone know about working with you?
Initial sessions are used to get to know each other and identify a focal concern or relational pattern that you are looking to change. We may explore your goals, current relationships, past experiences, and the symptoms you are experiencing. I take an eclectic approach to therapy and will tailor treatment to meet your specific needs. You can expect me to listen carefully, be engaged, and remain flexible and active. Strategies are designed to promote insight, elicit feelings, promote new learning, and change behavior. My ideal client is someone looking for a satisfying and meaningful life (particularly in terms of interpersonal relationships) and ready to reflect, explore emotions, incorporate humor, and become their authentic self.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
The ingredients to successful therapy are best characterized by collaboration, trust, mutual investment, and shared respect. I seek to offer a safe, supportive, and healing environment. In therapy, we will slow things down so we can see it, understand it, and deal with it – whatever the “it” is. Each session is purposeful and has a sense of direction. During sessions, we will examine your personal history, experiences with primary caregivers, and relational patterns. We will explore concerns about current difficulties and personal meaning. I believe that flexibility in approach — tailored to your needs — is essential for successful psychotherapy. You are the expert of your experiences and the predicaments in which you find yourself.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It is exciting to develop an integrative and holistic approach that seeks to address the “whole person” rather than an isolated problem and one that acknowledges the intimate connection among our minds, bodies, emotions, and spirit. Neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to continue to grow and reorganize, is reaffirming optimism for all those who seek growth despite their history or physical condition. Finally, technological advances are leading to the widespread availability, affordability, and popularity of teletherapy, allowing added flexibility and increased access to therapy.
What is your focus when counseling those in early adulthood?
Many are finding themselves feeling sad, anxious, lonely, and misunderstood. They are discouraged by repetitive, heart-wrenching patterns in their relationships or obstacles in their careers. Many feel isolated and disconnected from those around them or troubled by relationships, intimacy, and sex. I focus on helping those in early adulthood understand their confusing and negative emotions, especially when they are interfering with relationships.
“My ideal client is someone looking for a satisfying and meaningful life (particularly in terms of interpersonal relationships) and ready to reflect, explore emotions, incorporate humor, and become their authentic self.”