“Throughout all of my varied experiences, what remained consistent were the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the need for all of us to feel seen and heard, and the value of positive connection with others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up in a family that valued social justice and community service, I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in a helping profession. My natural empathy and compassion led me to social work. I got my start working with youth in foster care, a population that taught me the lasting impact of early life experiences. Over the years, I have worked in various foster care settings, an outpatient mental health clinic, and an inpatient psychiatric facility. Throughout all of my varied experiences, what remained consistent were the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the need for all of us to feel seen and heard, and the value of positive connection with others. Because of my background in foster care, I have extensive training in the areas of attachment and trauma. I also have considerable training in how the brain and nervous system develop in response to the environment and how we can begin to shift that development when it isn’t serving us well.
What should someone know about working with you?
My style is relatively unstructured and involves helping clients gain insight and better understand themselves. Together, we will identify patterns in your life, find the meaning behind whatever symptoms you are experiencing, and bring awareness to underlying thoughts and feelings. That awareness allows you to begin making changes rather than staying stuck in the same old unconscious patterns. While I don’t often give specific homework assignments, we will look at ways you can begin to make changes in your day-to-day life between sessions, whether that means practicing new coping skills, trying to communicate in a new way, or making an effort to set new boundaries in a certain area of your life. While I specialize in working with families formed through adoption, these same skills and knowledge can help anyone, adopted or not, who is suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, difficulty adjusting to new life circumstances, or trauma.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am passionate about learning and love attending training! I actively seek opportunities to build my knowledge base and am particularly focused on staying educated in the areas of attachment, trauma, anxiety, depression, therapeutic parenting, and the neurobiology of mental health and wellness. I am also interested in learning as much as I can about various therapeutic modalities. I have enjoyed taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in classes and events online that otherwise would have been out of reach for me. I also engage in peer supervision groups, as talking with other professionals in the field brings valuable new perspectives, ideas, and insights to my work.
“Together, we will identify patterns in your life, find the meaning behind whatever symptoms you are experiencing, and bring awareness to underlying thoughts and feelings.”