“I strongly believe that we can be a healing presence for ourselves and each other.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in office jobs that were unfulfilling. I knew that I wanted to work in a profession where I could help others and became a licensed mental health counselor. I have worked with abused women, the elderly, young adults, and couples. Through these experiences, I have come to believe we all have within us the power to heal. As a therapist and in my personal life, I've trained in practices such as mindfulness, self-compassion, and yoga and have found these to be deeply healing and transformative. I strongly believe that we can be a healing presence for ourselves and each other. This is both a personal and professional belief that informs my practice as a therapist and as a certified mindfulness teacher. It is what I share in private practice and when facilitating mindfulness, residential, or gentle yoga retreats. It is when we are at peace with ourselves that we can feel at peace in the world.
What should someone know about working with you?
Taking the first step to reach out for support when you are suffering is both challenging and commendable. It is also important for you as a client to feel a sense of hope and support as you explore the difficult issues that led you to therapy. My goal in our sessions is to offer support and help you develop the inner resources of self-compassion and mindfulness. These practices can lead to a greater sense of ease and inner peace in the face of life's challenges. Therapy sessions include inner contemplative exercises, guided meditations, and learning healing ways to regulate emotions (both during our sessions and in your daily life). Practicing these skills leads to a greater feeling of inner confidence and the ability to navigate challenges in a more grounded and healing way.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a therapist, I believe that continuing education and training on the most up-to-date evidence-based practices is an important part of providing effective and transformational therapy. At least twice a year, I attend training that helps me deepen my understanding and proficiency when teaching and integrating mindfulness and compassion-based approaches into our therapy sessions. Additionally, I am an avid reader and am constantly reading up on the latest findings in neuroscience and the body-mind connection. I also think it is important to connect with other health providers who are part of the client’s support network. This way, there is a more holistic approach toward treating and seeing the client as a whole person.
“My goal in our sessions is to offer support and help you develop the inner resources of self-compassion and mindfulness.”