“I am fiercely committed to creating safe spaces for young people to dig into their own autonomy, test limits, engage in self-reflection, and practice vulnerability.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
A love of writing, people, and storytelling led me to my first career in journalism. Tight deadlines and breaking news taught me how to connect and build trust with subjects quickly, listen objectively, and stay present when faced with adversity or discomfort. While working as a reporter, exposure to injustices related to gender, immigration, race, education and public health ignited a deeper calling, one rooted in direct practice, human connection, and systemic change. After spending two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, I embarked on a career in social work. This is where my passion for people, stories, connection, and social justice finally found its home. I believe positionality, environment, and identity can deeply impact the ways people experience the world and in turn, shape the stories we tell about our lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
Beginning a new therapeutic relationship can sometimes feel like a monumental lift and I am committed to making the process as seamless and supportive as possible. I offer an initial phone consultation for all new clients. This is an opportunity to share the unique experiences, challenges, and goals bringing them to therapy. Because goodness of fit is an essential component of our work together, this conversation serves as a space to answer questions about my practice, approach, and training as well. I have extensive experience working with adults and emerging adults navigating life transitions, relationship challenges, loss/grief, and career changes, and I have spent more than a decade supporting adolescents both in public schools and private practice. I am fiercely committed to creating safe spaces for young people to dig into their own autonomy, test limits, engage in self-reflection, and practice vulnerability. My work is rooted in authenticity, transparency, humor, and compassion.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Because of my social work training, I consider not only the individual but the various systems and landscapes they exist in as well. My anti-racist and feminist approach shapes both how I engage in the work and how I understand client situations. I bring an awareness of my own positionality to the therapeutic relationship and encourage engagement of the whole person in our collaborative sessions.
“My work is rooted in authenticity, transparency, humor, and compassion.”