“I have training in acceptance and commitment therapy and internal family systems, and I am in the process of becoming certified as a bariatric counselor.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a born helper; as the sibling of a person with severe disabilities, my role as a helper was clear from a very young age. This is an aspect of who I am that has contributed to my aspirational and professional pursuits. My experience over the span of my career has included teaching youth about the dangers of tobacco, advising undergraduate and graduate students on their academic and professional pursuits, counseling both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, and offering psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. I have training in acceptance and commitment therapy and internal family systems, and I am in the process of becoming certified as a bariatric counselor. This combination of training and experience is influenced by my own experiences as a sibling, as a domestic abuse survivor, and as a bariatric patient.
What should someone know about working with you?
In the therapeutic process, you and I work together to navigate the ins and outs of communication, learn to build and rebuild trust, identify tools for managing difficult emotions and thinking patterns, and just figure out who you are. My clients have experienced a wide range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, obsessive compulsive disorder, and attention difficulties. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is designed to offer a safe and open space for you to be the most authentic version of yourself. I believe in meeting everyone exactly where they are and holding a nonjudgmental space. Our work together will be tailored to your specific goals, and we will co-create the path we take toward your healing.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
For my master’s degree, I completed a thesis entitled, “Tattoos as Visible Archetypes: Symbolic Landmarks on the Map of the Psyche.” My study explored the concept of tattoos as visible archetypes, which are images that bear a striking similarity to universal motifs found in religions, myths, and legends and reflect a connection to the collective unconscious. I came to this research after exploring my own body art from a Jungian perspective and realizing just how profound a method of self-expression tattoos truly are. As a clinician, I am constantly aware of how pervasive tattoos are and the significance they have to the zeitgeist of my clients. I often use their own tattoos as conversation starters, and I encourage clients to utilize tattoos to ritualize their experience of growth if they are open to it. My research served to imbue tattoos — their images and meanings — with the value they so richly deserve.
“In the therapeutic process, you and I work together to navigate the ins and outs of communication, learn to build and rebuild trust, identify tools for managing difficult emotions and thinking patterns, and just figure out who you are.”