“When I discovered EMDR, I realized the power it held in allowing me to dive deeper and find the main cause, such as attachments related to unresolved conflict, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or addiction.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my career on the traditional path, providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples. But, in session after session, the same problem kept coming up: Sex. Clients talked about dysfunction related to sex or problems with intimacy and I had no way to help them. So I decided to find a way, ultimately becoming a sex therapist. The types of therapy I’d previously employed were helpful but limited in their depth. When I discovered EMDR, I realized the power it held in allowing me to dive deeper and find the main cause, such as attachments related to unresolved conflict, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or addiction. I now employ it regularly; getting to the root of the problem allows us to discover the root of the solution. As a result, clients are able to move forward in their life, no longer feeling stuck in the past. They’re ready to grow.
What should someone know about working with you?
While this is my office, it’s your time. How we spend it is really up to you! Ultimately, my goal is to work with you to resolve whatever’s causing discomfort and help you learn new ways of moving forward. But that doesn’t mean therapy ends once we find a solution; often, clients continue working with me because they realize how therapy benefits them in everyday life. Whether you decide to stay for a couple of months or until we both retire, my main goal doesn’t change: I want you to continue moving forward, living your truth in a new and positive way. As I say to all my clients, “Eventually you will know when it’s time to break up.” Until then, I’m here to help.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
There’s this culturally held belief that therapists have the answers to all of life’s problems. While I know about a lot of things, I also understand that therapy is not one-size-fits-all; what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. In fact, an eclectic, collaborative approach tends to be most dynamic when looking at relief of symptoms. You and I act as partners, working together to find the answers, resolve the areas of your discomfort, and, most importantly, find an effective way to help you move onward in life. If I think it may be of benefit, I’ll offer referrals to a trusted pool of supplemental professionals.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
If the thought of talking to a complete stranger feels uncomfortable and overwhelming for you, don’t worry: You’re normal! Even when you know that you need to do something, it’s not always easy to take that initial jump forward. But the longer you wait, the harder your problem gets. It turns from a molehill into a mountain — a challenge, a struggle, an all-encompassing monster. Picking up the phone is the first step in turning this trial into a triumph. I’m prepared to work alongside you through this journey, standing in your corner and cheering you to victory. Though it feels intimidating, you’re in complete control. I’m here to help you rewrite your story in whatever capacity you need.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In the perfect world, everyone could talk about their feelings without fear of judgement. But, in many communities and families, therapy comes with a stigma. The good news is our culture is slowly changing, though there is much work still to do. I’ve seen firsthand the power of therapy. Once people begin, they find their voice and they understand that it’s okay to express concerns. Individuals who seek out help learn they are not only able to manage the symptoms or issues that brought them into the office, but they can effectively manage other challenges as well. In working together, we create a safe space where you will experience a new type of freedom and a more profound way to navigate life.
“I’m prepared to work alongside you through this journey, standing in your corner and cheering you to victory.”