“In therapy, people need support, validation, and dynamic pragmatism.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I have always been interested in helping people in the process of becoming. I was drawn to Dialectical Behavior Therapy because it allows people to become more self-determined: to increase autonomy, competence, and relatedness. While completing the Linehan Institute's DBT training for independent practitioners, I realized that the therapy’s influence could be broadened to support intelligent, highly sensitive individuals who had achieved a degree of success but lacked skills to continue to make an impact across all areas of their life. I felt a calling to develop a practice that could help people improve their sense of agency, purpose, and authenticity. By using DBT, I help them develop a toolkit and ways of thinking to continue to transform their lives.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I strive to empower people to have agency to make effective decisions and to practice self-care while living, loving, learning, and working. I'll help you clarify your values and make sure your transactions meet those values. My goal is to help you use your existing capabilities to help you reach goals across all areas of your life: personal, social, professional, romantic, and beyond. We'll work to understand what makes you feel calm and what makes you feel energized and use those to help you in daily interactions.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
In therapy, people need support, validation, and dynamic pragmatism. They deserve recognition for their talents and the articulation of their struggles. They deserve to learn how to use their talents to support areas that need improvement, and to acknowledge hopes and dreams. Therapy provides the space to formulate goals, strategies, and tactics to achieve those dreams. Initially, I work with clients to articulate strengths and struggles, building a toolkit that can help them become more calm or energized and reclaim their sense of agency. Using this foundation, they can take a more active role in creating positive change. My office becomes a waystation for insights, tools, and inspiration, empowering clients to take charge of their lives through independence and interdependence.
How does finding their authentic self allow clients to find success?
To reveal the authentic self, I work with clients to improve decision-making and problem-solving abilities; reduce the effects of pain and suffering; and increase resilience. In tandem with this, we'll work to improve self-determination and agency; reduce non-effective behaviors; and replace ineffective behaviors with more effective ones. With all of this in place, clients can become more capable, effective, authentic, and build meaning in all areas of their life.
How do you work with clients to clarify their values and turn them into action plans?
Empowerment comes from merging the theoretical with the practical and helping clients explore, understand, and take action. I help clients learn skills and practice living the life they want to achieve their goals in the real world. That ranges from mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and relational effectiveness to support interpersonal and interpersonal wellbeing, to relaxation, distraction, and attention refocusing to help with stress and pain.
“I help clients develop a toolkit and ways of thinking to continue to transform their lives.”