“I believe that healing comes not only from an understanding of the past but through transforming how those past experiences live in our bodies.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I came to therapy through advocacy and social justice work. My experiences working in prison justice and harm reduction cultivated my interest in processes of transformation, both on the individual and structural level. I am particularly drawn to understanding how our behaviors and choices help us to survive, even if they appear harmful on the surface. When we have a deeper understanding of our survival strategies and we welcome all parts of ourselves, our innate capacity for healing can unfold. This guides much of my work and brought me to my postgraduate training in trauma treatment, which deepened my understanding of how our experiences impact the body. I believe that healing comes not only from an understanding of the past but through transforming how those past experiences live in our bodies. To that end, I integrate mindfulness techniques and other body-centered therapies into my work with clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that psychotherapy is a collaborative process, and I recognize the strength and courage it takes to begin this journey. I have a warm, empathic, nonjudgmental, and (when appropriate) humorous style. I encourage clients to offer feedback and share with me what is working and what isn’t working in our treatment. I consider myself an active therapist, which means that I guide the session and I offer input when appropriate. I work with adults of all ages and experiences, and I am attuned to the ways in which race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability inform our worldviews.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am particularly excited by the increased focus on the mind-body connection and the evolving research on the neurobiology of trauma. In addition, I am drawn to research on attachment theory. I often bring what I’m learning or reading to my clients as I find that an increased understanding of why we experience what we experience can build our tolerance for difficulty and offer us skills and tools to shift or transform how we respond or react to certain triggers. In addition, new research and training informs how I work with my clients. I am trained in level I and II of EMDR and I integrate these tools into my practice.
“I have a warm, empathic, nonjudgmental, and (when appropriate) humorous style.”