“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 when I became a volunteer rape crisis advocate in Washington DC. This work led me to creating 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 to 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 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 of developing shame resilience skills and developing 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 understanding and embracing vulnerability with a goal of living from a conscious place.
“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.”