“While working with me, you will know and feel that I offer presence, compassion, empathy, and feedback that can facilitate the personal growth you desire.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey to becoming a therapist has spanned more than 20 years. The catalyst for wanting to support others was becoming a volunteer rape crisis advocate in Washington DC. This work led me to create a cross-country bicycle ride to raise money and awareness for survivors of gender-based violence. Once I completed the ride, I moved to New York City and worked in various roles for several nonprofit organizations. I earned my Master of Social Work degree while working in management. After several misaligned attempts at workplace satisfaction, I felt called to return to clinical work and deepen my awareness. This desire brought me to gestalt therapy. Realizing this was and continues to be deeply impactful for me and my practice, I finished the certification in the winter of 2015 and live with the belief that I was meant to do this work.
What should someone know about working with you?
While working with me, you will know and feel that I offer presence, compassion, empathy, and feedback that can facilitate the personal growth you desire. I will invite and challenge you to identify and own the behaviors, thoughts, actions, and beliefs that hold you back AND we will identify the parts of you that know and believe in hopefulness, gratitude, and joy. I am available to work with individuals and couples within the LGBTQIA+ community, trauma survivors, and clients needing support working through anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are hope and authenticity; I believe in the power of hopefulness and that each of us has a purpose and the capacity to shift our experiences from the places that are mired in patterns and defenses that no longer serve us. I support my clients in becoming aware of themselves so that they can choose to live their most honest and authentic lives.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
As a certified Daring Way™ facilitator-clinician, my work is deeply informed by the work of Dr. Brené Brown with a primary focus on developing shame resilience skills and daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Dr. Brown's work impacts my work as I support my clients in understanding their own experiences of shame and embracing vulnerability with a goal of living from a conscious place.
Are there additional offerings you provide to clients who are seeking a more structured approach to their process?
Yes, I am the co-founder of Full Expression: The Human Condition, a 10-session program for individuals, couples, and team/corporate clients. Each Expression (i.e., session) is structured and designed to facilitate awareness and works from the belief that true, authentic change starts from within. By transforming how my clients understand themselves and how they engage within their relationships, the program offers them a way to practice living with awareness, tap into their purpose and passion, consciously connect with their core values and emotions to live with intention, and understand the power of choice.
“I will invite and challenge you to identify and own the behaviors, thoughts, actions, and beliefs that hold you back AND we will identify the parts of you that know and believe in hopefulness, gratitude, and joy.”