“I work primarily with individuals with eating disorders, but 75% of my clients also cope with co-occurring diagnoses of trauma, anxiety, OCD, depression, and personality disorders.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey began when I was 16 and saw my own therapist. It was an invaluable experience that sticks with me to this day and taught me about the importance of mental health treatment. I wanted to be someone who was working to better the lives of those around me. I originally studied expressive arts therapy before settling on social work and have interned in multiple inpatient psychiatric units. I fell into eating disorder work accidentally, found my passion, and have since worked in most levels of care.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work primarily with individuals with eating disorders, but 75% of my clients also cope with co-occurring diagnoses of trauma, anxiety, OCD, depression, and personality disorders. I will start with a brief phone consultation and do a full assessment upon starting the work together. My hope is to develop goals that are relevant to your life and assess which modalities are the best fit. I do not believe in cookie-cutter treatment and work with each individual to define what progress means to them. I try to meet people where they are and empower them to tell their stories when they feel safe to do so.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in training that mainly has to do with trauma and it is my goal to be certified in EMDR, IFS, and sensorimotor psychotherapy one day. I am participating in a training on CPT and will integrate this into my practice. I also love reading and enjoy furthering my knowledge through podcasts and documentaries on subjects that interest me. I value collaboration and find I learn best from other therapists, nutritionists, psychiatrists, and medical personnel. I often work on teams of professionals aiming to provide the best care for my clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I really value authenticity and believe it’s important to see your therapist as a whole person. I also value communication and honesty, so I put a huge emphasis on reducing shame so my clients can feel comfortable sharing difficult things with me. I value humility and will always try to acknowledge areas where I do not have enough knowledge (and then work to educate myself to better serve my clients!). As a social worker, I find value in creating space to explore cultural issues, racism, and oppression in a wide variety of groups. I have experience with BIPOC, Latinx, Indian, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, Muslim, Jewish, and LGBTQIA+ clients.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to read (particularly fantasy books), watch TV, create art in all varieties, sing, dance, and perform. I enjoy spending time with my friends playing all varieties of board games and participate in a weekly Dungeons and Dragons game. I love visiting my family and view my parents and grandmother as the most important people in my life. We have two family dogs and I am an aunt to two cats. I value humor a lot and love being able to laugh with people. I am also a self-identified nerd and you may hear me reference fandoms, books, and franchises as a way to help clients make connections to their own lives.
“I also value communication and honesty, so I put a huge emphasis on reducing shame so my clients can feel comfortable sharing difficult things with me.”