“My style of therapy is eclectic, weaving together the psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, and the spiritual.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been drawn to the process of helping others through authentic connection and conversation. From being the dependant of a parent within the military and my own deployment, I have witnessed many people struggle with medical and mental health issues that left them feeling disconnected from the outside world. This was my impetus for becoming a therapist; I wanted to provide those in need with a space to connect, be fully heard, and dig into the inner landscapes of their own narratives. I also believe my journey as a therapist is one of my most important paths to walk. Through helping others, I experience my own healing and fulfillment. My style of therapy is eclectic, weaving together the psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, and the spiritual. My approach enables my clients to experience aspects of their inner lives that were once hidden because they’re painful, embarrassing, or linked to guilt.
What should someone know about working with you?
At our first visit, we’ll discuss your present and past in great detail, including the concerns that prompted you to seek treatment. Based on our conversation, I will offer initial impressions and recommendations for our work together. Together, we will gain a deeper understanding of the ways your mind works, cultivate better coping strategies, recognize areas in your life where you can begin to take back control from habitual behaviors, and start you on a path to better health and functioning, all while exploring the deeper, less conscious influences on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You’ll also receive homework, morning practices, and tools to use between sessions to deepen the work and to appease the parts of us that want the process to feel tangible and productive.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
In discussing aspects of your life that may be contributing to your current concerns and symptoms, we may decide to collaborate with other experts to enhance your experience in treatment. This could include psychiatrists, nutritionists, medical physicians, fertility specialists, and acupuncturists. Throughout my career, I have worked closely with other professionals to ensure that my clients are getting the most out of their therapeutic experiences. I will also, if appropriate, ask that you invite important people in your life to join us for a session. In all of these instances, we will work together to explore your needs so you can reach your goals.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It is not uncommon to have mixed feelings about embarking on a therapeutic journey. Hesitation may indicate the presence of something very important to understand about ourselves. Taking time to examine and explore these concerns allows emotional energy to be directed toward gaining greater benefit from therapy, rather than pushing away difficult emotions. My goal as your therapist is to create a safe space where you can explore these patterns of behavior and ways of knowing. Deep within you, I believe you already have the answers you seek. Listening to your innate wisdom and learning to accurately interpret these messages can help you joyfully follow your path in life.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Much of my research has been centered around, but is not limited to, intergenerational trauma, dream analysis, cultural identity, narrative medicine, mindfulness, attachment theory, social constructions of racial and ethnic identity among indegenious women, decolonizing feminism, consciousness, and shadow work. These healing modalities play an intricate role in my practice, creating a clear path toward healing and a life that is more reflective of your most authentic and aligned self. Using these modalities, we’ll work to understand your deepest truths, improve communication, and transform the patterns and conditions causing anxiety and disillusionment into peace, unconditional love, and purpose.
“Deep within you, I believe you already have the answers you seek.”