“My style involves engagement; I'm conversational, I offer feedback, I collaborate on ideas, and I empower clients to advocate for themselves and ask questions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
It may sound like a cliche, but I have always been drawn to helping people. As a child, I was told a lot that I was too sensitive. Maybe this is true or maybe, as I like to believe, being sensitive is a super power. All I know is that I have always enjoyed getting to know people on a deeper level. Early in my career, I spent a few years working in a high school doing crisis counseling. These programs were amazing but grant funding meant a lack of stability. I like stability, so this led me to a job within an inpatient psychiatric unit. I liked this work a lot; I loved being a part of a team and bearing witness to some incredible journeys. The one thing lacking for me was an opportunity to have a deeper connection with those I worked with. I was also frequently frustrated by the "revolving door" of rehospitalizations. This and the birth of my oldest son led me toward private practice and a desire to offer a more holistic approach to treatment.
What should someone know about working with you?
I ask my clients to really take their time to get to know me and my style and then decide if they feel compatible and comfortable with my style. My style involves engagement; I'm conversational, I offer feedback, I collaborate on ideas, and I empower clients to advocate for themselves and ask questions. I desire feedback, so I can best help whomever I'm working with. I offer traditional talk therapy with a cognitive behavioral approach, but I will also sometimes utilize other modalities when patterns seem stuck. Some examples of other treatment modes that I may encourage include guided meditation, mindfulness practices, reiki, and hypnotherapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that we learn, grow, and expand together through connection. I value having an opportunity to sit across from another human being while holding space for them to have their journey. Spiritually, I believe that there is a reason that we all cross paths. Within sessions, I know there is feedback for me too; I want to learn about you and with you.
“I offer traditional talk therapy with a cognitive behavioral approach, but I will also sometimes utilize other modalities when patterns seem stuck.”