“To me, the therapeutic process is like a work of art: It requires making connections between small details of the client's narrative and the larger whole.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a professional dancer and choreographer. My dance career spanned two decades in both the US and Europe. Along with a successful contemporary dance company in France, I worked with disabled performers and at-risk youth in a variety of clinical settings. Close observation of individual and group dynamics sharpened my awareness of the unique way individuals organize their internal systems to meet the challenges of self-expression. As my awareness of the connection between mind and body deepened, I began to incorporate many of the somatic practices I had learned early in my dance career, such as Authentic movement, Body-Mind Centering® and Mindfulness. These have become important resources in my clinical practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that building trust in the context of a therapeutic relationship rests on a collaborative model of therapy. The efficacy of my approach depends on being able to meet clients exactly where they are. By staying actively engaged in the client’s unique process, I know when to support, validate, hold space, offer insight while examining core beliefs, challenge cognitive distortions, or introduce more effective coping skills.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in the US and Europe. As a child, I was exposed to many different cultures and became aware of deep structural divides that exist everywhere I lived. I believe that cultural competency and advocacy are integral parts of the counseling process. I am excited to deepen my understanding of intersectionality-informed practices, particularly in relation to the LGBTQIA community.
“The efficacy of my approach depends on me being fully present, able to meet clients exactly where they are, and willing to honor the many creative ways clients have adapted to their own circumstances.”