“Utilizing skills derived from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction helps clients learn to alleviate and tolerate distress and improve relationships.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Working as a therapist is my second career; I have my BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. After working in the arts and design world for a few years, I segued to school-based work and research. Helping others and contributing to my community have always been core values. Through my work, connecting with people on an individual level furthered my interests around which factors protect and promote mental health and which elements hinder and hurt. Much of my early clinical work focused on sexual health and substance abuse. I value an individual’s personal narrative, supporting and connecting with community resources, and dismantling the stigma that can surround mental health and treatment. I have worked in hospitals, community health centers, public health clinics, and nonprofits and am clinically trained in motivational interviewing and advanced trauma-focused therapy for PTSD.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that therapy can look like a lot of different things. My approach integrates psychodynamic techniques supplemented by strength-based and evidence-based practices. I aim to establish a collaborative, nonjudgmental space to address the issues that create distress and dysfunction. Utilizing skills derived from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction helps clients learn to alleviate and tolerate distress and improve relationships. Our work together focuses on emotional regulation, self-care, healthy boundaries, and disrupting dysfunctional patterns. Together, clients and I create treatment plans to clarify goals and anticipated outcomes of therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The increasing accessibility to services through telehealth has been an exciting area of growth. Telehealth has reduced barriers for busy people and working parents by eliminating transportation and travel-related costs. Adolescents also no longer have to wait for their grown-up to give them a ride to therapy; they simply log in. Another aspect of the evolving landscape of mental health that I find exciting is the reduced stigma associated with therapy, especially among young people. Increased conversations about mental health on social media, in homes, in schools, and among friends help normalize attending to one’s mental health.
What would you say to someone hesitant about therapy?
I get it! Therapy is hard work but like many things in life, when we put forth the effort, we can see great results. Investing in oneself through therapy can change and improve one’s experiences in a variety of ways. It can be scary to be open and vulnerable with someone you don’t yet know. Therapy is most effective when there is a “best fit” between a client and the therapist. In my virtual therapy room, I foster rapport through healthy boundaries to create a successful working relationship where you can trust me as your provider.
“Our work together focuses on emotional regulation, self-care, healthy boundaries, and disrupting dysfunctional patterns.”