“Together, we’ll address the roadblocks you’ve built deep within yourself to make healthier living a reality and part of who you are every day.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was a double major in college, so, one summer, I took an elective course to make sure I would graduate on time. The course was marriage and family therapy, and a few classes in, I discovered that was what I wanted to do with my life. Although I was learning, it felt instinctual—as if I already had this insight, but it was coming to life academically. I decided to go on to earn my master’s in marriage and family therapy and have since completed trauma training, started two successful family programs—one at a substance abuse center for people in recovery and their families, and one at a high school for struggling teenagers and their families—and built my private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our work will be a guided meander—somewhat structured, but still open to discovery. Together, we’ll address the roadblocks you’ve built deep within yourself to make healthier living a reality and part of who you are every day. During the phone consultation, I ask my potential clients what they’re struggling with and what their specific goals are. The intake session is for information gathering—I can just listen, or I can ask questions to guide the session. At the end of intake, we’ll discuss the direction in which we want our work to go and how we can get there.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I am a member of a peer supervision group, which keeps me informed in my practice and my therapeutic approach. With my fitness background, as well as my spiritual background, I believe that my colleagues enhance my thoughts and directly affect my work from different positive angles. Having a sense of community with my peers supports us all and helps us grow as clinicians.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Beginning therapy is like shoe shopping. You might have to try on several different therapists before you find one that’s the right fit. Even if you feel like you don’t “need” a therapist, it’s nice to have that support with every step as you move forward in life—just like what you get from a great-fitting shoe.
What’s special about marriage and family therapy?
When clients go into marriage and family therapy, they gain the skills necessary to support themselves, their partners, and their family members so that everyone functions at their highest potentials. Marriage and family therapy gives clients new perspectives toward life’s outcomes and helps them shift further toward happiness. Therapists encourage this process by looking at clients’ internal behavioral systems to help them better understand themselves and have better communication with others.
“Marriage and family therapy gives clients new perspectives toward life’s outcomes and helps them shift further toward happiness.”