“My approach is warm, person-centered, and attachment-based.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been a social worker for close to 12 years. Since obtaining my MSW, I have worked mainly with adults 18+ in a variety of settings, including outpatient, nonprofits, counseling centers, high schools, and hospitals. I have done extensive individual, group, couples, and family work. I have completed an externship and core skills work in emotion-focused couples therapy and have had training in trauma-informed interventions, including trauma-focused CBT. I am also trained in motivational interviewing and the treatment of OCD.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach is warm, person-centered, and attachment-based. I seek to be a partner and help individuals, couples, and families build connection and better understanding in their lives and relationships. I see my role as a helper to guide my clients in their process and ask about history as it applies to the reasons they present in therapy. I assign homework at times and like to work with clients who are motivated and open to learning about themselves.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I plan to do ongoing emotion focused supervision and work toward becoming a certified emotion focused therapist.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
One of my core values that relates to this work is the importance of people having access to affordable therapy. I also value using the therapeutic space to meet individual and relational needs and giving my clients the space to own that process. I am committed to providing good care, being present, creating safety, and deepening connection.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Emotion-focused therapy changes relationship patterns, helps to create secure attachment, and truly changes lives. It gives me a framework to help individuals understand themselves, understand who they are in their relationships, take risks, and deepen connection. EFT is the only model of couple intervention that uses a systematic empirically validated theory of adult bonding as the basis for gaining understanding and assisting with alleviating relationship problems and has been shown as effective with individual issues of PTSD and depression.
“I seek to be a partner and help individuals, couples, and families build connection and better understanding in their lives and relationships.”