My Approach to Helping
My primary task as a psychologist is to foster a supportive, collaborative environment where we are able to identify and work towards meaningful goals. I utilize a broad array of strategies and therapeutic methods that are tailored to your particular presenting concerns, with an emphasis on individual differences, cultural humility, and inclusiveness. I focus first on listening, and I acknowledge that you are the expert of your own life and experience. Together, we will collaborate to identify what is causing or perpetuating your distress and come up with strategies to improve your quality of life and help you thrive. Deciding to try therapy is a leap of faith, both in your therapist and also in yourself and your ability to improve your life. Thank you for letting me join you on this journey!
More Info About My Practice
While I see a range of presenting issues, my practice tends to focus on three broad areas: adjustment, anxiety, and relationship issues.
Adjustment: All stages of life involve transitions, changes, and upheavals. Sometimes we get a say in what path we choose, while other times we feel as though we've been tossed into chaos. Either way, seeking professional support during these times can be so valuable. One of my passions is walking with people through these big life changes as they adjust to a new reality, and encouraging my patients to recognize and lean upon their own resilience and competence. Additionally, often, times of upheaval also turn out to be excellent breeding ground for the discovery of some major therapeutic insights.
Anxiety: I work with individuals presenting with a range of anxiety-related concerns, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and OCDrelated disorders. Much of my clinical practice involves working through individuals' experiences of anxiety, recognizing how avoidance has exacerbated anxiety, and learning adaptive strategies to reduce the impact of anxiety while also learning distress tolerance when anxiety does rear its head.
Relationships: I help people develop healthy communication strategies, set boundaries, and improve relationships with friends, family, and partners. Some patients come to therapy after a major event has occurred (e.g., divorce, estrangement, death), while others come with the hopes of learning more about their relationship and offering the best version of themselves possible in their relationship. I have extensive experience working at each end of this spectrum, and I enjoy this work immensely.