“I have experience incorporating various tools — like creative writing, meditation, and movement — into sessions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up with a social worker in the family, service was a value instilled in me from an early age. Navigating my own difficult experiences, I felt inspired by the support I received that offered a compass and a light when I felt lost. Over the years, I have been mentored by many teachers, and their legacies continue to motivate me to pursue my passion for empowering others to increase their sense of meaning and purpose and find the freedom to live their most authentic lives. I received my master’s in social work from Smith College, and for the past decade, I have worked in various mental health and psychiatric settings, ranging from therapeutic mentorship and home-based work to inpatient and intensive outpatient services. Further experience in residential settings, college counseling settings, workforce development, and coaching as well as specialization in group therapy have all shaped my practice today.
What should someone know about working with you?
My clients come seeking the opportunity to learn more about themselves. The first few sessions are an opportunity to determine if it’s a good fit mutually to work together. Just like there are many kinds of clients, there are many kinds of therapeutic styles. My goal is for us to identify what works well given your needs and goals of therapy. I have experience incorporating various tools — like creative writing, meditation, and movement — into sessions. I offer support navigating difficult questions and complex topics with warmth, creativity, and humor. I strive to create a safe space by attending to how systems of power (with respect to race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability, among others) shape identities and relationships. I envision a world where all people have access to healing resources rooted in social justice to recover from trauma, violence, and systemic oppression. Together, we process experiences of loss, trauma, and relationship difficulties.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I take a strengths-based, holistic, and trauma-informed approach to therapy. I have in-depth experience working with those who hold a wide array of complex, intersecting identities and have particular experience with those who identify as LGBTQ+. I have long been committed to the field of domestic violence/intimate partner violence. I value bringing social justice perspectives to support individuals and groups and I aspire to consider the ways trauma, historical contexts, oppression, bias, privilege, access, diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion are in the mix with us in our life journey. I am passionate about eradicating mental health stigma and advocating for mental health parity, making mental health care accessible to everyone.
“I offer support navigating difficult questions and complex topics with warmth, creativity, and humor.”