“I love working with clients who are high-achieving/high anxiety (“perfectionists” or “A-type”) who have hit a wall (professionally or personally) and find the need to slow down, change patterns that are no longer serving them, and transform their lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my professional life as a modern dancer. A career-ending injury forced me to look for a new direction and passion. At that time, I had also been seriously studying and teaching yoga and I found it to be personally transformative for the loss of identity I experienced at the end of my dance career as well as the anxiety I’d struggled with since adolescence. I was also intrigued by the emotional catharsis I saw in my private yoga clients. I wanted to understand better how to hold space for the emotions, memories, and insights that were arising for my clients and use that space for transformation. So, I found a joint graduate program in advanced clinical practice social work and theology and have continued to train in trauma-sensitive yoga and yoga therapy, all of which inform the holistic therapy I now offer.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that therapy is a collaboration and my role is as a guide to help you find clarity and heal. Although I take a holistic approach to therapy that includes the whole being (mind, body, and spirit) as well as one that is rooted through a yogic lens, this is completely non-dogmatic. For some clients, this means we spend most of our sessions talking with a focus on insight, mindfulness tools, or self-compassion. For others, we spend most of our sessions working with body awareness and therapeutic movements. For most clients, we move back and forth between these tools from session to session based on your needs and desires and my clinical recommendations. I love working with clients who are high-achieving/high anxiety (“perfectionists” or “A-type”) who have hit a wall (professionally or personally) and find the need to slow down, change patterns that are no longer serving them, and transform their lives. I also work extensively with clients who are adult survivors of childhood trauma.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love trainings! I continue to develop both my skills as a somatic (body-based) psychotherapist and as a yoga therapist. My recent favorite trainings were in a somatic psychotherapy technique based on sensory-motor therapy and one on the history of women in yoga.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am so excited that there is more acceptance toward including the whole being (body and spirit as well as mind) into psychotherapy. When I started my practice, this holistic approach was much less prevalent but now there is a rapidly growing acknowledgement that treating the whole person is much more effective than treating the mind alone.
“I also work extensively with clients who are adult survivors of childhood trauma.”