“I have firsthand experience seeing how changing patterns of thoughts, increasing mindfulness, connecting with my body, and changing patterns of behaviors can be life-changing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was drawn to introspective and reflective work from an early age. Through my own process of self-development, growth, and healing, I have developed a passion for helping others work through life's challenges and improve their circumstances. Through my personal internal work, I understand the value of assessing patterns of behaviors, exploring unhealthy beliefs, and identifying internal dialogue. I have firsthand experience seeing how changing patterns of thoughts, increasing mindfulness, connecting with my body, and changing patterns of behaviors can be life-changing.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that a therapy session should feel like a workout, both challenging and rewarding. I believe that the therapeutic process should be collaborative and individualized. My approach and interventions are tailored to each individual's personality, needs, and goals. I believe that each person/couple has the innate ability to heal and experience growth and my job is to allow them the space and tools to tap into their own strengths. I will encourage and challenge clients to uncover the truths and tools that are within them to become the best version of themselves. Although sessions with me are productive, I believe that much of the work is done outside of the session when clients utilize what they've learned and apply it to their lives. If you are ready for a change and ready to do hard work to make this change happen, I will help you along the way.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are personal growth, mindfulness, and love. I believe that therapy allows clients to identify personal values and align with an authentic and connected version of themselves. Personal growth is available to anyone who has the courage to reach out for help. In my family of origin, I have seen how dedication to change can create incredible transformations. I am grateful to be a part of this process. Self-love and love expressed to others are actions that can create a fulfilling and satisfying life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that telehealth allows for a wider range of clients to receive services. I believe that working with a therapist is an essential tool for mental health that everyone should have access to. Now that clients can be seen from the comfort of their homes, it provides those who feel they are too busy or too hesitant with an easy and accessible way to begin this journey. I am also so excited to see that mindfulness and mind-body practices are becoming normalized. Our body talks to us all the time and I am excited to see practices and interventions coming out that help us tap into healing our mind and body. Mindfulness has become more of a common practice, and there are so many accessible tools to increase awareness of thought and body sensations.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have done research-based work in somatic experiences (the practice of using body experiences to aid healing), mindfulness, ACT, CBT, and DBT. This work is based in mind-body healing and uses practices that allow for healing beyond talk therapy. Although I believe that processing past experiences is an essential part of therapy, I have seen remarkable progress when tied to work with the present moment. I've also seen incredible change occur with ACT techniques of identifying and aligning to personal values. This research-based work helps me encourage clients to slow down, pay attention to their internal experiences, increase awareness, and heal in a more profound and effective way than psychotherapy alone.
“I will encourage and challenge clients to uncover the truths and tools that are within them to become the best version of themselves.”