“I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients to create a space to explore patterns in their lives and develop insight into their behavioral and emotional worlds.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After graduating with a master’s in teaching, I spent almost a decade in consultative sales selling glasses. I loved working with people, watching them as they searched for answers in the mirror and decided which frame was “them” or “who” they wanted to be. I found that I was quite skilled at accurate reflection, empathy, and compassion while working with the client to meet their intimate needs. As I learned basic counseling principles, I realized I had always wholly embodied and valued authenticity, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. Life’s path often meanders and it’s difficult for us to trust ourselves enough to know that there is a good chance we’ll end up secure in our choices. I have worked with adults, children, and families struggling with everything from severe complex trauma to intellectual disability to life transitions. The skills manifested in my first career have led to my ability to engage in open, genuine conversation.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients to create a space to explore patterns in their lives and develop insight into their behavioral and emotional worlds. I view therapy as a marathon rather than a sprint. While I sprinkle in some mindfulness, cognitive behavioral techniques, and DBT exercises, therapy sessions are typically an exploration of the client’s present, past, and prospective future. Typically, I am contacted by clients who are working with moderate to high-functioning anxiety symptoms. Often, my clients are struggling with frustration toward themselves and their emotions. In session, discussion veers toward processing emotions and garnering self-compassion around their feelings. We notice progress when a client begins to feel more like themselves, which usually comes with their own new sense of patience, love, and understanding. A client’s inner world is like black scratch paper and I enjoy working with them to reveal all the colors that live underneath.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
It’s important for me to center myself around a few different values and coincidentally, I enjoy using value-based interventions in session. My humor, innate curiosity, openness, and sense of play all show up in therapy sessions. I strive to make genuine connections, both interpersonal and intrapersonal ones. It’s often reflected in research that therapeutic rapport between the client and therapist is the variable that predicts positive outcomes, and I believe my values allow me to use myself as the tool (in combination with the client’s natural ability to move toward themselves) that guides the client's change.
“While I sprinkle in some mindfulness, cognitive behavioral techniques, and DBT exercises, therapy sessions are typically an exploration of the client’s present, past, and prospective future.”