“I believe that healing and insight are stimulated by an interpersonal connection through a therapeutic alliance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After years of working in the non-profit sector, I realized that my calling was to connect with people through the field of social work. I worked with mental health and addiction before transitioning into private practice to focus on one-on-one relationships. I believe that healing and insight are stimulated by an interpersonal connection through a therapeutic alliance. Life can be filled with challenging moments, situations, and relationships. It helps to have a partner in wellness. Often, challenges can lead to other challenges, precipitating mood disorders, depression, and anxiety and leading to isolation or self-destructive thoughts and behaviors. Through my own life experiences, I’ve learned to appreciate that everyone is unique and deserves a safe, accepting environment where they can grow, blossom, and flourish in a peaceful way.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe patience is key. Change is a process, not an event. It takes time to explore the past and the present in order to recognize the life patterns and dynamics that affect our relationships, careers, and overall emotional and physical well-being. I believe that all people are unique in their own way and their rate of recovery and change comes with its own path. From our first session, we will work to build a collaborative alliance that makes your unique goals, strengths, and experiences the touchstone of treatment. I will meet you where you are in your journey and I will strive to create a safe, supportive environment that encourages a therapeutic connection of honesty, authenticity, and direction toward a healthier lifestyle.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration allows me to provide ultimate care and the most comprehensive treatment for my clients. Coordinating with other providers speaks to the whole health of the whole individual, supporting the mind-body connection. It merges the medical and psychological realms — an integration that is key to lasting change.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
If you are reading this page, you’ve already taken the first step toward growth and change. And that’s courageous! Change can be intimidating, but it is an opportunity for you to focus on yourself. With my help, guidance, and motivation, we can work together to develop a new awareness of your current life situation. Not all people seek therapy due to a crisis or trauma; you can seek it for any reason. Some people look for help because they feel stuck or confused about a relationship, or they are struggling with identity, loss, career, or a sudden lifestyle change. Using my training in psychotherapy and multiple behavioral techniques, we will gain an understanding of your barriers and struggles. I will hold a supportive and compassionate space throughout your process, allowing you to learn, heal, and grow.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The importance of mental health is finally being recognized in today’s society. There is greater acceptance and less stigma attached to seeking professional help. Our understanding of neuroscience has helped us realize the power of the mind/body connection. Mental and physical health can often act as one, reflecting each other. Thus, in order to treat the individual, we must look at all aspects of their wellness.
“Everyone is unique and deserves a safe, accepting environment where they can grow, blossom, and flourish in a peaceful way.”