“As a therapist, I help my clients connect to their own inner wisdom as the driving force in their healing process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path toward becoming a therapist has felt like a winding one. At the beginning of my career, I imagined myself in public health education and community organizing. As I grew in my career, I noticed that my one-on-one connections with people often felt like the most meaningful aspects of my work. I felt deeply moved by the experience of creating space where folks feel seen and heard. As I transitioned into work as a therapist, I also observed how my clients told their stories not just in words but with their bodies as well. This knowledge inspired me to learn more about somatic therapy and mindfulness and to integrate movement and breathwork into therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I deeply believe in each of our innate drives toward healing and wellness. As a therapist, I help my clients connect to their own inner wisdom as the driving force in their healing process. I begin in the present moment and explore the catalyst for seeking therapy right now. From there, we weave an understanding of self-protective or survival patterns while working to transform these patterns to help you connect with your own vitality. I use a variety of tools, including exploration of emotions and thought patterns, guided visualization, breathing, and movement practices. Therapy is a space for honoring pain we've experienced as well as savoring moments of joy and aliveness we may find together in our work. I most often work with young to middle-aged women, non-binary, and LGBTQ folks around issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. I also have an interest in perinatal mental health and adjusting to the role of parenthood.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a deeply curious person who is passionate about finding learning opportunities that support my growth as a therapist. I am particularly drawn toward experiential learning opportunities in which I experience therapeutic modalities from the role of therapist and client; I cannot expect to walk with people down a path I haven't been down myself. I have trained in sensorimotor psychotherapy as well as internal family systems therapy and I look forward to seeking more advanced levels of training in these modalities throughout my career.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am interested in continued development of somatic therapies and therapeutic modalities that explore the mind-body connection. Many of these modalities draw from emerging knowledge and research about how our nervous system impacts the way we interact with the world around us and sharing this knowledge with clients in my practice has been transformative. For years, the mental health field focused on thought and emotion while neglecting how these are held and expressed in the body. I'm excited to see this paradigm shift as we make room for our whole selves in therapy.
“I use a variety of tools, including exploration of emotions and thought patterns, guided visualization, breathing, and movement practices.”