“I enjoy working with clients who would like to heal trauma, explore family of origin influences, and achieve new levels of personal growth and connection.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been practicing as a therapist for over 20 years. I was trained as a licensed clinical social worker and started my career working with refugees and immigrants. So, I have specialized in trauma treatment since the beginning. For several years, I have been engaged in postgraduate training at the AEDP Institute, which has revolutionized my practice and made me a highly effective therapist. AEDP is useful for all types of mental health issues but especially trauma since it focuses on interpersonal neurobiology. It shows us how to effectively heal trauma with a focus on attachment trauma.
What should someone know about working with you?
We begin the healing process from the get-go at session one, offering you a relationship where you can feel deeply seen and heard. I do not assign homework and instead allow the change process to happen experientially in each session. This helps you find the truth of how to move forward each step of the way. I enjoy working with clients who would like to heal trauma, explore family of origin influences, and achieve new levels of personal growth and connection. I am open and affirming and especially welcome people of all cultural and racial backgrounds, LGBTQ folks, immigrants, and native people.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take part in ongoing intensive training and supervision with the AEDP Institute. I also teach and supervise other AEDP therapists.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe we all have deep needs for solidarity, mutuality, compassion, and love. When these deep needs for connection are met, it frees up our innate strivings toward healing, transformation, and creativity.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I appreciate that telehealth offers wider access than ever before and allows people to receive therapy from the convenience of their home or office. Professionally, I find the rapidly evolving field of interpersonal neurobiology to be hugely informing in the effective practice of psychotherapy.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have done research on human rights in the past, which informs my approach to diversity, justice, and antiracism in the therapy office. I also hope to participate in research at the AEDP Institute.
“I am open and affirming and especially welcome people of all cultural and racial backgrounds, LGBTQ folks, immigrants, and native people.”