My Approach to Helping
My style in therapy is grounded in an existential and humanistic approach. My approach is not to focus solely on the symptoms that are being presented, but to understand each person as a unique individual, navigating the complexity that comes with being human. I believe we all have our own unique set of gifts and innate strengths, and therapy is a space that promotes growth in discovering those strengths that lie within.
Our experiences can heavily impact how we feel about ourselves, others, and the world around us. Being human means that life will inevitably present us with challenges, and therapy is a space to explore how we have internalized our experiences, better understand our defense mechanisms, and work towards becoming more resilient when faced with obstacles.
By resolving past experiences, we are able to move forward from a place of empowerment. I assist my clients with creating more self-awareness, gaining insight into how experiences have been processed and often left unresolved, and to work towards creating a life that is in line with core values.
More Info About My Practice
I typically work with high-functioning and high-achieving individuals who are motivated to gain insight and have a strong desire for personal growth. I am most passionate working with women who are young professionals, moving through their own version of the “quarter-life crisis”. This includes anxiety, existential concerns, self-esteem, life transitions, struggles in relationships, or overcoming difficult childhood experiences. While most of my clients are based out of Houston, I offer online therapy throughout Texas.
I completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Houston. My clinical experience and training includes work at highly regarded organizations such as UTHealth, The Menninger Clinic, Modern Therapy, and a one year post-graduate fellowship at The Council on Recovery. My background has provided me with a comprehensive skillset in conceptualizing the role of addiction and mental health within family systems, as well as individuals who have been impacted by psychological trauma.
My priority is to create a safe relationship where my clients feel comfortable to show up authentically and feel fully heard understood. The theoretical frameworks I primarily use are humanisticexistential, person-centered psychotherapy, trauma-informed therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and attachment theory.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Anxiety & Depression: I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in my approach with clients experiencing anxiety andor depression. CBT focuses on how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected, and how to challenge specific negative or unhelpful thought patterns to better manage anxiety andor depression. I also assist my clients in developing healthier coping skills, including mindfulness techniques, to better tolerate distress and manage difficult emotions.
Family & Relationship Issues: I utilize attachment theory and interpersonal psychotherapy to assist clients in strengthening their relationship within themselves, as well as with others. This includes creating and maintaining personal and relational boundaries, developing conflict resolution and communication skills, and exploring past relationships to understand the influence these have in our current relationships. I also believe much of the healing takes place within the therapeutic relationship and will often share how I experience my client within our relationship.
Trauma: I practice a range of modalities for trauma treatment, including attachment theory (for relational and childhood attachment trauma), mindfulness, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Life Transitions: I support clients through life transitions with an existential approach, including helping them identify values to guide decision making, as well as exploring and understanding their specific needs during times of change or disruption.
Self-Esteem: I work with clients to develop a stronger self-concept and more confidence within themselves. This often occurs naturally through the therapeutic process by understanding the impact of the past, identifying needs within self and in relationships, developing healthier coping skills and thought patterns, and processing unresolved experiences.