“First and foremost, therapy is a space where you can feel safe being yourself.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My passion for therapy comes from my early career experience in journalism and teaching. The combination of communication skills with a desire to improve the lives of others inevitably led me to counseling. In session, you will have a safe place to process and learn how to cope with what is happening outside of treatment. You will be supported unconditionally, which includes being given hard truths and tough love. In addition to specific forms of therapy, I will relate to situations using literary references, philosophic asides, and historic parallels. There are countless experiences across human history to compare and contrast to our own and it would be a shame to not learn from them.
What should someone know about working with you?
Generally, I do encourage work between sessions. This may vary depending on what goals we are working on. If we are working on mindfulness, your homework may be to take a walk and count how many times your mind is distracted. If we are exploring specific events from your past, homework may go deeper, using writing exercises to dive into the emotions surrounding memories.
From your perspective, what is therapy?
First and foremost, therapy is a space where you can feel safe being yourself. It allows people to explore difficult parts of their lives and gain a deeper understanding that can bring about meaningful change. I appreciate that some people engage in therapy to address an isolated, well-defined issue; others begin after sensing that something is “off” in their life and needs to change. I look forward to exploring your goals and collaborating in our work to achieve them.
“It allows people to explore difficult parts of their lives and gain a deeper understanding that can bring about meaningful change.”