“I hold therapeutic trust and authenticity as a foundation of therapy, and the effective approach to treatment will vary by person and need.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have experienced deeply impactful moments in therapy throughout my life. I am personally inspired by the moments when people take risks to try new things and see themselves in ways they long avoided or feared. This can include making contact with a part of one’s self that has been silenced or kept out. I worked in college counseling for most of my training and then in private practice with adolescents, young adults, and families (parents, in particular). This work lent itself to exploring these junctures, and I have certainly grown from and evolved as a therapist because of my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first session will feel like an interview because it is, in fact, a clinical interview. Thereafter, I take a collaborative approach where goals may change over time and progress can be measured as a combination of observable behaviors and your internal intuitive felt sense of change, healing, and growth. I view symptoms as signs of emotional coping and thus a natural response to self-preservation and protection. I hold therapeutic trust and authenticity to be a foundation of therapy, and the effective approach to treatment will vary by the person and need. The techniques I use involve challenging thought patterns and developing an internal communication between parts of self.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe people are naturally self-soothing and self-healing. I view therapy as a safe and flexible context in which to develop your inner strengths and coping skills. I really enjoy empowering others to help themselves, and that is how I view my role.
“The techniques I use involve challenging thought patterns and developing internal communication between parts of self.”