“Becoming a mother has been the most transformative experience of my life, opening up doors of inquiry that I’d never considered and experiences I never could have understood before.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I studied psychology in college with a special interest in family and child dynamics. I was certainly led to that course of study by my own familial relationships, both positive and negative. While I continued to enjoy working with children and adolescents, as I grew as an individual, my growth also influenced my ongoing learning and my practice followed suit. Becoming a mother has been the most transformative experience of my life, opening up doors of inquiry that I’d never considered and experiences I never could have understood before. Since then, I’ve become certified in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and have been broadening my practice to include women struggling with any facet of pregnancy, including conception difficulty, the anxieties of pregnancy, and postpartum feelings.
What should someone know about working with you?
I love working with motivated clients. Most of the people I work with have sought help because they are looking for support as they navigate a difficult life transition and are motivated to be the best version of themselves on the other end of it. In our first conversation, we’ll get to know each other; we’ll establish your strengths and begin to identify and prioritize how I can support you. The time between our sessions can be just as important as our time together, and from time to time, we might agree on exercises that will build upon our sessions and bolster your progress. Progress comes in many forms and is highly individualized, but we will continuously strive for self-improvement, celebrate your successes, and enjoy living life on your own terms.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a life-long learner and I continue to explore methods of therapy that have proven to be invaluable to my clients. I have engaged in advanced training certificate workshops in cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, psychodynamic therapy, postpartum and perinatal mental health, and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. I have most recently completed training in telehealth therapy to help engage my clients online. But just as important as any of these certifications is my network of colleagues with whom I meet regularly. We challenge and support each other, filling in lapses in our understanding and sharpening our awareness to the benefit of our clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I’ve experienced firsthand how damaging dishonesty can be in relationships. Sometimes, the most damaging form of dishonesty is when a person is dishonest with themselves, misrepresenting to the world who they really are. It has become foundationally important to me to represent myself authentically, and I don’t withhold that authenticity in my practice. My own struggles with conception, anxiety, and postpartum inform my worldview and my practice, and I don’t shy away from sharing if it lends itself to enlightening a session.
“Since then, I’ve become certified in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and have been broadening my practice to include women struggling with any facet of pregnancy, including conception difficulty, the anxieties of pregnancy, and postpartum feelings.”