“I work toward establishing a trusting relationship, communicating clearly and collaborating with you to make sure you are getting what you need.”
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Starting psychotherapy is not easy, and can be scary. That’s why I work toward establishing a trusting relationship, communicating clearly and collaborating with you to make sure you are getting what you need. In our first few sessions, I start out a bit more active. I'll ask direct questions to gain a detailed picture of your life. This allows me to give you feedback on my understanding of your problems and how I think I can help. Together we will decide what your goals are and what your continued treatment should look like. As treatment progresses, I like to let sessions take their own shape, allowing you to discuss whatever is on your mind. If it better suits your needs, I will also incorporate and teach mindfulness techniques or coping skills. My practice is LGBTQIA affirming, and I have experience working with clients across a range of ages and religious, racial, and cultural backgrounds.
Why do you emphasize self-compassion and mindfulness techniques in your practice?
I am very interested in the intersection between mental and physical health. There’s strong evidence that the two are closely linked and one cannot be disentangled from the other. This has led me to research the connection between stress and cardiovascular health. Stress puts a strain on your heart and your body. In both my clinical work and research, I have found promising evidence that self-compassion can relieve stress and also help your heart better regulate stress. I translate this knowledge to treatment by helping you be more kind to yourself, develop greater self-awareness, and nurture stronger, healthier connections to others — all for the benefit of both your mental and physical health.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape, and why do you choose to practice at Alma?
I believe in Alma’s model, in which health professionals from different disciplines work in the same space to share ideas and help treat people holistically, and not just as a set of symptoms. Whoever you see at Alma, we are all working towards making you a whole and healthy person.
What advice would you give to someone hesitant to try therapy?
If you’re reading through my profile, you have probably already acknowledged that you want to change something about your life, or want to understand something more deeply about yourself. Congratulations! Therapy takes great courage. It can be very painful, requiring significant hope, commitment, and strength. Having experienced both sides of therapy, both as a client and practitioner, I know it's well worth it. Therapy can make your relationships more effective and more satisfying, it can bring you a greater sense of stability and empowerment, and can illuminate an even greater sense of meaning in your life.
“Therapy takes great courage. It can be very painful, requiring significant hope, commitment, and strength. Having experienced both sides of therapy, both as a client and practitioner, I know it's well worth it.”