“I am fully equipped — with personal experiences and professional training — to help my clients strip away the masks they wear to become their most genuine selves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I grew up feeling the immense pressure to be perfect and make others feel comfortable. I spent much of my life people-pleasing, trying to keep calm, and fostering a steady environment around me. It wasn’t until I discovered therapy for myself that I realized I was allowed to be messy and not everyone has to like me. After graduating from college, I went on to receive my PhD in counseling psychology, moving a plane ride away from my childhood home for the first time. This is when I found myself for the first time; I became my most authentic self and, even when the little perfectionist inside me said I wasn’t good enough, I knew that I was enough. I am fully equipped — with personal experiences and professional training — to help my clients strip away the masks they wear to become their most genuine selves. Sitting alongside my clients as they realize that they can live the lives they want and not the ones that have been forced upon them is the most incredible gift that this journey has given me.
What should someone know about working with you?
Through my years of training and lived experiences, I know that therapy works best when there is a genuine and trusting connection between therapist and client. I lead with warmth, empathy, humor, and nonjudgment. I won’t sit silently and nod; rather, I will be active in your journey. I will always be real with you. I will be your cheerleader, your confidant, and your reality check. I am a laid-back person and therapist and will laugh and sometimes even cry with you in session. Our sessions will look different from week to week. Some sessions may be heavy and others may be light or just involve venting frustrations about your partner or coworker. I meet you exactly where you are each week and will always follow your lead. Some weeks, you may not know where to start — don’t worry! I will be there and will guide us through an exploration to get to the heart of the matter.
What does your theoretical orientation look like in practice?
I specialize in supporting those who are struggling in relationships, navigating life transitions, wanting to improve self-esteem, or simply looking to better understand themselves. I use an active, collaborative, empowering, and directive approach to help you get unstuck and live the life you deserve to be living. I am a relational-psychodynamic therapist and work to empower my clients by helping them understand how their past experiences and relationships influence their present. I empower my clients using a feminist-humanistic framework, meaning that I understand my clients through their lived experiences and their unique identities, and I trust that they have everything they need to learn and grow inside of them. I see all of my clients as good and capable of change. My approach is both collaborative and directive and I will use solution-focused techniques as well as CBT (thought-challenging exercises) and DBT (mindfulness, breathing exercises) to help my clients “put out” the “little fires” that come up in a fast-paced life. No two clients are the same; I tailor my approach to meet each individual exactly where they are.
“Sitting alongside my clients as they realize that they can live the lives they want and not the ones that have been forced upon them is the most incredible gift that this journey has given me.”