My Approach to Helping
Because of society’s negative messaging around food, for many people, eating has become a source of stress and shame, instead of something to savor and share. It’s time to feed yourself a different narrative.
Many of my clients are in eating disorder recovery—from people who are just beginning to acknowledge a negative relationship with food, to those who have been working through their issues for years. I also work with clients to overcome anxiety and depression symptoms, or who’ve experienced trauma. Together, we’ll uncover the root of these issues and identify coping skills for moving forward.
Therapy with me is a collaboration. Whether you’re looking to improve your relationship with food, heal from a negative experience, or manage anxiety, I want you to feel seen and validated during our time together so you can fully show up as yourself.
Learning to love all of the parts of yourself is a lifelong process, so I work with clients to set realistic goals and take small steps toward wellness. My vision is for you to understand the patterns that influence your relationships and beliefs about yourself so you can develop new coping skills and thrive.
More Info About My Practice
My most strongly held personal belief is that people can change. With drive and encouragement, you can be the person who you want to be. I also believe in treating others with empathy and kindness because we never know what people are going through. Along with that, I believe in advocating for others, especially those who don’t experience the same privileges that I do. Overall, I strive to live with integrity and honesty in my relationships with others as well as myself.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
To me, therapy is essentially human connection. It?s allowing people to experience a secure relationship and open communication that allows for genuine self-exploration and learning in a safe nonjudgmental space. Therapy is an opportunity for people to learn new skills, develop deeper understandings of themselves, and explore different perspectives.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
There so many incredibly rewarding parts of this work, but for me, I love to celebrate the smaller wins with my clients that in actuality can mean something quite big. This can be recognizing when they might be feeling more anxious and being able to express that to someone they?re with. This could mean they took a 15-minute walk outside to help them feel better about their recent breakup and it worked. While these may not seem monumental, they are surely big steps in the direction of self-compassion and overall love for oneself?being able to care for themselves due to better self-understanding. I love to be able to discuss this in session and celebrate these small undertakings with clients.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The therapeutic relationship is the bedrock of success in any instance. Without a strong relationship, there will likely be little progress. I think that developing this relationship first in terms of trust, honesty, communication, empathy, and compassion is of the utmost priority in my sessions. I try to maintain these throughout my relationships with clients, and will acknowledge when any one of these values seems to be missing. While this may be confrontational, I think it?s important to address ruptures when they seem to have happened and try to mend them before they continue to grow. Without a positive therapeutic relationship, I don?t think the client or I will experience much success in terms of their goals for therapy.