“People need to be seen and heard during challenging times to unearth their innate capacity to heal and thrive.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always been interested in why people do what they do and what drives them to do it. Hearing people’s stories and being present on someone’s journey is an honor. As a clinician, I strive to provide tools and strategies to help clients achieve their goals. From my beginnings in mobile crisis and employee assistance during 9/11 to private practice, I’ve always seen crises or obstacles as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourselves and those we care about.
I have taken specialized trainings in crisis intervention, trauma, CBT, mindfulness, and somatic experiencing. These trainings expanded my knowledge and my resources, empowering me to provide the best practices available. While treating people who have struggled with workplace trauma, postpartum depression, and acute medical illness, I’ve learned that all people have events that overwhelm them. People need to be seen and heard during challenging times to unearth their innate capacity to heal and thrive.
What should someone know about working with you?
Stress is cumulative; you can’t tackle it all at once! We’ll work together to create an environment where you feel safe exploring your thoughts and feelings without judgment or bias. Together, we will be curious and compassionate while developing a game plan that will help you build confidence over time, take control of your emotions, and find your purpose.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Early in my career, I lead treatment interventions, including directive, cognitive, thinking-based, and behavioral modalities (top down, if you will). These provided essential elements of healing but mixing in body-based/somatic therapies (bottom up) into my practice has been a true breakthrough. By drawing on the developing science of the body and brain, we connect the nervous system and nonverbal physical experiences with your thoughts. Many clients I see are very cerebral; they know every therapy modality and understand all of the therapy jargon but despite years of work, they remain stuck. I often say to people, “If you could think your way out of this, you would have done it already.” When we incorporate body-based/somatic therapies with cognitive and behavioral interventions, it’s like a light bulb goes on resulting in more lasting change. When we find balance between our mind and body, we have a more expansive picture of our authentic self.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has been a revelation! By enabling clients to engage from the comfort of their own homes or more convenient locations, the process of creating a safe and secure environment has become so much more accessible and consistent. Plus, it eliminates the initial 10 minutes where venting about the frustrations of traffic and commuting happens! Right away, we are able to focus our energy on the work at hand and get the most out of each session.
“Together, we will be curious and compassionate while developing a game plan that will help you build confidence over time, take control of your emotions, and find your purpose.”