“I often utilize mindfulness meditation, creative pursuits, or dream analysis to help people get to know different parts of themselves and I integrate humor to help balance the emotional landscape of therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was a meditating, punk rock-loving, (Grateful) deadhead, and bookworm living in a small conservative town. While I was quite different from others, I approached my town openly and without judgment, formed meaningful relationships, and became curious about how our differences came to be. I recognized all people possess a more fundamental core “self”. My curiosity about the nature of this “self” and how it can lead to suffering or contentment led me to study philosophy, psychology, and spirituality.
My early life experience provided me the ability to connect with and assist a wide range of individuals in my practice, from inmates and New York entrepreneurs to veterans and students. I recognize that everyone is on an ongoing journey of self-discovery that can be fulfilling and meaningful no matter the external trappings of life. By approaching therapy with genuine curiosity, openness, and a desire to connect, I can help you improve your relationship with the “self” and create a meaningful and fulfilling life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I tailor my practice to the unique needs of each of my clients. When we begin working together, we will take time to get to know each other and develop trust. Once we both have a sense of what you would like from therapy, we will begin down your path of self-discovery and healing. I often utilize mindfulness meditation, creative pursuits, or dream analysis to help people get to know different parts of themselves and I integrate humor to help balance the emotional landscape of therapy.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have to admit, I am a bit of a therapy nerd (couldn't you tell by the glasses?). Each year, I attend lectures (on psychology or philosophy), retreats (meditation and therapy), and consultation groups to enhance my knowledge of consciousness and psychotherapy. My wide reading on topics from the origins of consciousness to the inner workings of mycorrhizal networks informs my understanding of our world and the human condition and enables me to approach healing and growth from an array of perspectives. If you choose to work with me, you can rest assured that I will be up-to-speed on the best ways to meet your needs.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that everyone deserves a life worth living and that everyone is capable of loving and being loved. I also believe that we have an obligation to help care for all living beings. A large part of my therapy involves connecting people to things that will increase the meaning in their lives and enable them to care deeply for themselves as well as others.
“A large part of my therapy involves connecting people to things that will increase the meaning in their lives and enable them to care deeply for themselves as well as others.”