“My aim with every client is to strengthen your internal compass so that throughout our time together, feedback can be mindfully considered, change can feel authentic, and real transformation can be sustained.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first therapy experiences framed my behavior, perspective, and feelings as “problems” that needed to be “fixed.” Being unacknowledged as a whole person and disempowered in my own healing created a barrier to my moving forward through treatment. Finding a therapist who affirmed my experience and respected my input enabled me to develop a profound personal connection with therapy and a deep internal foundation that continues to bolster my work. My aim with every client is to strengthen your internal compass so that throughout our time together feedback can be mindfully considered, change can feel authentic, and real transformation can be sustained. To my mind, this is best accomplished with careful listening, individualized intervention, and warm, honest dialogue.
What should someone know about working with you?
Sometimes, the first step towards making meaningful change and building sustainable momentum is to slow down, get the clearest picture possible of your circumstances, and then determine which way to go. Without an accurate map of who you are and what matters to you, therapeutic interventions can push you directly into a brick wall. Dialogue in initial sessions with me aims to begin sketching a portrait of who you are as a complete person, where you envision taking your life, and which behaviors, beliefs, or trauma experiences are blocking your path. Following consultation, I will tailor an individualized therapeutic experience, combining insight-oriented and experiential approaches to enable healing, greater personal well-being, and growth towards your goals.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
The most difficult step to take in therapy is showing up for that initial appointment. For some clients, arriving at a consultation session can feel like that scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where Harrison Ford makes a “leap of faith” over what looks like a deep chasm. In fact, he’s stepping onto a sturdy rock overpass but because of the optical illusion, he can only see its solidness after he takes that first step. Entering therapy can seem like walking into the unknown, but for many clients, treatment becomes a steadfast, supportive bridge to exhilarating transformation.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I like to think of my practice as one outlet within a network of clinicians, all working towards healing physical, physiological, emotional, and energetic injury. Psychiatrists, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, nutritionists, massage therapists, and other practitioners mend wounds by restoring balance and freedom of movement. My interventions seek to alleviate psychological pain and dysfunction by gently loosening areas in which clients feel off-kilter or stuck in their perceptions, behavior patterns, or trauma memories. In my experience, many clients are grappling with injuries that impact multiple body systems (e.g. gastrointestinal, neurochemical, musculoskeletal) and benefit from accessing a few treatment approaches in-tandem. If we determine that a team approach would enhance our work, I’m happy to provide referrals to other useful practitioners or build a connection with your existing providers.
“To my mind, this is best accomplished through careful listening, individualized intervention, and warm and honest dialogue.”