“I am comfortable holding space for a person to use their session how they wish, whether that means more traditional talk therapy or devising some goal-oriented assignments together.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was influenced by years of administrative and managerial work in retail, restaurants, and yoga studios. The connection I felt to people was often stronger than the boundaries of these jobs, which led me to the field of muscular therapy and eventually to social work. I wanted to form deeper and more meaningful supportive bonds and share in the wealth of exploring a person’s roots. A 16-year practice in yoga has taught me how to slow down and accept the pleasures and the frustrations of a moment. I have worked for several years with adults over the age of 60 and have completed training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and palliative and end-of-life care. I find it especially rewarding to explore life transitions, aging, grief, and how early life relationships inform current ones.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I begin working with someone, I want to know what brought them to therapy at this time in their life, their past experience with therapy (or what they imagine therapy looks like if they don’t have any experience), and how they want to shape their time with me. I am comfortable holding space for a person to use their session how they wish, whether that means more traditional talk therapy or devising some goal-oriented assignments together. I have practiced mostly in the psychodynamic vein, but have knowledge of CBT and am willing to blend modalities. I like working with clients who are interested in their inner lives as well as how they interact with the world around them, specifically in relationships with others, and those who are curious about how the therapeutic relationship can mirror this very thing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
To continue growing as a provider, I take part in continuing education modules or workshops and read as much as possible about the modalities that I wish to practice. I have a long-held interest in mindfulness practice and internal family systems, and I seek out educational opportunities on an ongoing basis. Having a clinical supervisor has provided me with a support system when I have questions or concerns about the work, and I continue to seek out peer connections for this same reason.
“I have a long-held interest in mindfulness practice and internal family systems, and I seek out educational opportunities on an ongoing basis.”