“Many people ask, “when is it the right time to seek support?” And the answer is really so different for everyone. I work with people in times of calm and also in times of crisis. Meeting with a therapist you trust can help you explore and problem-solve issues in your life and relationships at every stage of your life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in all sorts of fields — community organization, nonprofit, healthcare, education, and the arts. All of this experience informs my therapy practice today, giving me guidance in how I support and understand my clients who similarly have such diverse lived experience in the world. I have special training in supporting individuals through trauma, anxiety, depression and grief. I work with individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds. I believe that every person has the potential for growth and healing. Helping my clients tune into this individual resource can be empowering and transformative in the face of transition, hardship, and stress.
What should someone know about working with you?
The entire foundation of my practice revolves around you as an individual. I want to get to know you — your values, your intersections and struggles — and how we can work together to cope with life’s challenges and achieve your short-term and long-term goals. As an integrative therapist, I offer a person-centered, humanistic, and individually-tailored approach to psychotherapy. And I tend to use a variety of modalities as a result: talk-based therapy, art and creative expression, or relaxation and mindfulness. Every client is different and there is no such thing as one-session-fits-all. I appreciate inclusive, integrative, and anti-racist frameworks that are humanistic and holistic, as well as those that recognize that diagnoses or trauma do not define us as people. My goal is to discover what works for you and what strengthens your internal resources. This allows us to pave the path towards well-being and growth.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Personal therapy is a helpful tool whether you’re coping with everyday stress or going through a major life transition such as a move, a new job, a marriage, the birth of a child, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. All human experiences, even happy ones, can feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate at times. A skilled therapist will invest in developing open communication and trust. I will help you navigate our new therapeutic relationship safely and compassionately, allowing you to set the pace and going as fast or as deep as you want.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m energized by the cultural shift taking place that prioritizes self-care and emotional wellness and, in the process, destigmatizes mental health support. My hope is that we normalize this further until it becomes a regular aspect of overall wellness, like going to the gym or cooking nutritious meals. I’m heartened by shifts across academia that deemphasize and deconstruct theoretical and ideological frameworks that are largely white, Western, and patriarchal, as this perpetuates cycles of institutionalized racism and abuse for both our clients and ourselves. I appreciate inclusive, integrative, and anti-racist frameworks that are humanistic and holistic, as well as those that recognize that diagnoses or trauma do not define us as people. Every individual is deserving of compassionate care and community support.
Why consider a Creative Arts Psychotherapist?
Most of my clients do not identify as “artists.” In fact, it is definitely not a requirement to have any artistic skill whatsoever to work with an art therapist. Working with a Creative Arts Psychotherapist is more about exploring the creative process itself - which could be as simple as how we organize our home environments or what ingredients we choose for dinner. Art therapy is a useful tool in many circumstances. Many times, our personal experiences are simply too difficult or painful to put into words and what we are left with is a hard-to-explain feeling or sense of confusion, loss or anxiety. A licensed art psychotherapist can use your unique creative process to help you explore the aspects of your experience or self that are just out of reach and hard to explain verbally. I often think of the person as the most important art material in the room. Many times art therapists incorporate both art and verbal talk therapy when working with individuals and families. People may choose to explore art materials in therapy as an opportunity for additional self-reflection or relaxation or as a way to safely release tension. They may also work with their therapist to use art materials, imagery, writing or personal photographs to explore important parts of their identity in a confidential space. I always explore the choice to pursue art therapy or talk therapy individually with my clients before we get started in our work together.
“I appreciate inclusive, integrative, and anti-racist frameworks that are humanistic and holistic, as well as those that recognize that diagnoses or trauma do not define us as people.”