“You deserve wellbeing, satisfaction, and peace of mind; together, we will address the unconscious beliefs that may be holding you back from living as your true self.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From an early age, I spent a lot of time in self-reflection; I was a truth-seeker and read my first self-help book when I was 12. In high school, I held impromptu therapy groups after lunch. I loved listening, solving problems, and holding space. I was voted “Most Likely to Write a Self-Help Book.” Those moments sealed my destiny. In my 20s, I tore through psychological literature and transformational seminars and earned my first master’s degree in spiritual psychology. In my 30s, I went on to earn a second master’s degree in counseling psychology. I'm currently licensed in Florida and California and can see clients from either state. During my time in private practice in Miami Beach, I was the resident LMFT on an integrative team of experts at Canyon Ranch (the "original trailblazer of integrative wellness”). Three times a week, I taught classes on meditation, the mind, body, and soul reconnection, and the art of feng shui.
What should someone know about working with you?
You deserve wellbeing, satisfaction, and peace of mind; together, we will address the unconscious beliefs that may be holding you back from living as your true self. I will support you in understanding the major themes and patterns playing out in your life and what they are trying to teach you. We will examine the past with the intention of understanding how it's impacting your present. Through our work, you can move into a deeper conscious relationship with yourself and life. I support you in developing an ideal vision for the life you want to live and a plan on how you can get there. There is an aspect to each one of us that transcends our traumas; when you access this part, you can overcome anything and live a fuller, more meaningful life. My approach is integrative and psychodynamic, drawing on object relations, family systems, CBT, guided meditation, visualization, mindfulness practices, gestalt, inner child work, somatic healing, and the release technique.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a therapist, I seek to be the most integrated version of myself and that takes work. I firmly believe that we can only take our clients as far as we’ve come ourselves. I’m never done learning and growing. It’s a forever job and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. I’m a voracious reader of the psychology, spirituality, and self-help genres. I’m constantly studying, self-reflecting, taking workshops and seminars, and refining my skills. But those tools are only as effective as I am. Long ago, I committed to doing whatever it took to become a whole and integrated being and supporting others to do the same. I feel it’s a noble pursuit and I’m grateful to be in this field.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Self-responsibility, radical honesty, and integrity are three of my core values. It takes courage to look inside and take responsibility for one's inner experience, and I believe this is the first step to change. Otherwise, we give our power away by looking outside of ourselves for the cause and solution to our issues. Once we choose to become responsible for our inner experience, we regain our inner strength and can transform our pain into wisdom with time. Radical honesty is essential for living as your true self. Integrity means we strive to bring together our fractured parts into wholeness with love and acceptance. Anyone can heal if they are motivated and open. If you can love, then you can heal. “Healing is the application of love to the parts that hurt.”
“There is an aspect to each one of us that transcends our traumas; when you access this part, you can overcome anything and live a fuller, more meaningful life.”