“Conversations with me are guided by gentleness and curiosity.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to psychotherapy began in the context of my own coming out. Therapy provided a space to examine the beliefs I carried about myself and my sexuality. My own experience in therapy inspired me to help others in a similar way. As a result, I received education and training in the area of LGBT-affirmative psychology.
What should someone know about working with you?
Conversations with me are guided by gentleness and curiosity. In order to grow, we need a deeper understanding of the patterns and beliefs we wish to change. It's a process that happens best without harshness or self-criticism. I encourage clients to first notice the part of themselves they want to change. Once we understand that part better, we can then consider changing it.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The field of psychotherapy is constantly evolving and changing as new data informs us. Postgraduate training is the key to staying relevant and effective in our work. I have received training in the areas of mindfulness, non-monogamy, and couples therapy. I am currently pursuing more extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy through the Beck Institute and Gottman Couples Therapy through the Gottman Institute.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe in the power of nonjudgmental awareness. It sounds like therapy talk but really just means becoming more observant of yourself and others without criticism. It is a way of being that has made me gentler toward myself and toward the people around me. It guides me both clinically and personally.
“In order to grow, we need a deeper understanding of the patterns and beliefs we wish to change.”