“I am committed to helping you connect with hope and feel empowered to make any needed changes in your life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was raised in a family of educators who went above and beyond to connect with their students. During summer vacations, we camped across the US, meeting people from all around the world. I was always curious about how different experiences and different environments played a role in shaping each individual. Even as a child, I was an observer, a problem-solver, and the compassionate friend others turned to.
Throughout my education, I continued to be fascinated by the study of the human mind and the influence of family background and life experiences. There is no question that my empathic personality, genuine curiosity about people, creative spirit, and desire to help others led me to become a therapist. My own divorce journey taught me even more about myself and how to navigate difficult changes. After 20 years of practice and lots of life experience, I am confident that being a therapist is more than what I do as a profession; rather, it is who I am.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am committed to helping you connect with hope and feel empowered to make any needed changes in your life. I will teach you creative coping tools while exploring underlying concerns and guiding you toward greater understanding. I tailor my approach in therapy to meet the unique needs of each individual. As I strongly value the therapeutic relationship in promoting healing, I take time in our initial meetings to ensure we are the right fit to work together. While we can never change the past, we can work through our feelings, heal, and build a different future.
I am passionate about helping others feel heard and validated, make relationship decisions, navigate divorce and blended family dynamics, heal from narcissistic abuse, and heal from challenging parental relationships. In addition to providing individual therapy, I am a certified divorce and family mediator, parent coordinator, and a co-parenting therapist.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continually strive to learn and grow. I take advantage of as much continuing education as possible, including podcasts, videos, conferences, and advanced training. In a period of six months, I have completed over 120 continuing education credits in issues related to teletherapy, healing from toxic parental relationships, divorce and family mediation, and high-conflict divorce. I am also an avid reader, including books on therapeutic strategies, mental health concerns, self-help, and fictional psychological thrillers.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am thrilled that mental health services are becoming more accessible, especially with telehealth becoming a more available option. While I love the therapeutic experience of being in-person with clients, I also greatly value the opportunity to connect with clients through phone and video sessions. The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on mental health, both in contributing to mental health concerns and in making telehealth more available. For some clients, telehealth has made it possible to participate in therapy for the very first time. I am grateful that I can continue to make a difference for others in this way.
“I will teach you creative coping tools while exploring underlying concerns and guiding you toward greater understanding.”