“Everything that happens to you matters.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Working with trauma survivors is a profoundly humbling experience. Throughout my career, I’ve helped people who have endured unspeakable atrocities, from children who were sex trafficked to adult rape victims, from other crime victims to first responders and veterans. Resilience, courage, and fearlessness are the hallmarks of survivors. My practice is dedicated to helping clients find resilience and greatness within themselves.
What should someone know about working with you?
Everything that happens to you matters. Sometimes people talk about “little ‘t’ trauma,” referring to something “small” like… what? I can’t even think of an example of when any trauma might be “too little” to matter. Loss of a loved one, not getting the job you really wanted, disappointment in where you are in life, an ache in your heart left by parents who were cold and isolating…..
Trauma. Is. Trauma. All of your experiences count.
The common lie my clients tell themselves is, “Other people have it worse.” You’re not other people, and if your life is being impacted by heavy emotions you’re carrying, you’re allowed to get help.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I take a trauma-informed approach to therapy, focusing on your strengths so we can build on what’s already been successful in your life. You know your journey better than anyone. I’ll help you identify the obstacles getting in your way and we’ll figure out how to overcome them together.
What are the symptoms of PTSD and trauma?
While flashbacks are a common symptom, there are lots of ways trauma and PTSD can show up. Are you having a hard time keeping your job? Do you feel uprooted, like you’d be okay to just walk away from major responsibilities? Does staying in bed feel like a perfectly acceptable thing to do every weekend?
Often, my clients find themselves in difficult relationships, or struggling with feelings of worthlessness or numbness. There are panic attacks. Anxiety, depression, anger, reckless behavior (e.g., driving dangerously), or substance abuse (e.g., using alcohol, prescription medications, or street drugs) are widely seen in people struggling with a trauma history.
“The common lie my clients tell themselves is, “Other people have it worse.” You’re not other people, and if your life is being impacted by heavy emotions you’re carrying, you’re allowed to get help.”