“For me, it is most rewarding to work individually with clients to support them in connecting with their authentic selves and their innate capacity for growth.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been attracted to mindfulness and compassion practices as methods of healing and as ways to make meaning from our experiences. I studied psychology as an undergrad and realized my passion for working directly with individuals and providing a nonjudgmental and comforting space to explore life's challenges. I care deeply about community and social justice work and have experience in various mental health settings, including inpatient and outpatient treatment. I’ve worked with children, adolescents, families, adults across the lifespan, and LGBTQ individuals. For me, it is most rewarding to work individually with clients to support them in connecting with their authentic selves and their innate capacity for growth.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe we all have our own internal wisdom and therapy provides an opportunity to mindfully explore our challenges and aspirations. I collaborate with clients to create a therapeutic space that supports them in gaining insight and cultivating strengths toward a healthy and enriching life. I adapt to each individual's unique needs and have experience addressing a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and trauma. It is a privilege for me to have these conversations with clients and support them in doing this important work.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In my own life, I have found meditation and Buddhist philosophy to be incredibly healing and often incorporate Buddhist perspectives into my practice of psychotherapy. I have completed the mindfulness-based contemplative psychotherapy training at Nalanda Institute.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Opening up to a stranger can be incredibly challenging and I aim to create a welcoming environment for clients where they can feel comfortable sharing their vulnerabilities. I hope that therapy can also be a joyful place to talk about hopes and dreams. We have a wide range of experiences and emotions in life and therapy is a place for us to grieve, celebrate, and connect with our innermost selves.
“I collaborate with clients to create a therapeutic space that supports them in gaining insight and cultivating strengths toward a healthy and enriching life.”