“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 thriving 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 and navigate interpersonal relationships. My awareness of the connection between mind and body deepened and I began to incorporate many of the somatic practices I had learned early in my dance career, such as authentic movement, breathwork, and mindfulness. It became increasingly clear that the path toward being a psychotherapist had already been shaped by my profession and that I was already somewhat prepared for my new journey.
What should someone know about working with you?
In addition to being a psychotherapist, I am also an artist. 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. It also requires thinking outside the box, intuition, and the ability to process information creatively. Building trust involves a collaborative model of therapy, much like artistic collaboration. 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. By staying actively engaged in the client’s therapeutic process, I am able to 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.”