“My focus is often on supporting individuals through life transitions: Changing jobs, returning to school, separating from a partner, or moving to a new community.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I studied English and journalism in college, and my first job was at a magazine that focused on children and young adults with disabilities. I began thinking that I wanted to work with families instead of writing about them. Many years later, I returned to school for my MSW. After 10 years working as a clinical social worker, I saw how both careers focus on interviewing, understanding a person’s story, and putting together diverse elements to help form a cohesive narrative. I continue to be fascinated about how we create our own narratives and how the stories we tell ourselves can both limit and support us as we work toward our personal goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have several years of experience working in community mental health and have worked with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. My focus is often on supporting individuals through life transitions: Changing jobs, returning to school, separating from a partner, or moving to a new community. I am trained and experienced in trauma-focused CBT and exposure therapy; I tend to integrate elements of each into my approach. Homework is always for the individual and not required; I tend to focus more on experimenting with ways of thinking or responding.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am very interested both personally and professionally in racial/cultural and gender identity development. I have had the privilege to live and work with individuals from many communities. I continue to work to develop my understanding of how to support individuals in a world that may minimize both their contributions and needs and impact their hopes and dreams.
“I am trained and experienced in trauma-focused CBT and exposure therapy; I tend to integrate elements of each into my approach.”