My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is best described as compassionate, no-nonsense, get-out-of-your-own-way therapy. I believe that every client is unique and my sessions are customized depending on the client's issues and goals. My therapeutic approach is a combination of evidenced-based treatment (DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness) along with my personal touch, that I find creates a strong therapeutic relationship to build upon. Many of my clients describe my therapy as "therapy for cynics, or therapy for women who don't like therapy," because of my non-traditional and fresh approach. Thus, sessions are more like an empowering conversation with someone who is committed to seeing you as your best self, rather than a clinician who is trying to fix a problem or eliminate symptoms.
I specialize in working with young women addiction, mental health disorders and trauma and their families. As a person in long-term recovery from addiction, I know what it takes both personally and professionally to recover from an addiction at a young age. Though I do not believe it is essential to work with a therapist who is in recovery to get well, I was not able to make progress in treatment until I found someone who had walked in my shoes. I understand what it is like to feel lost and hopeless, and it's my privilege as a therapist, to walk beside you and powerfully guide you back into your life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My speciality is working with women with addiction (substance use disorders, eating disorders), mental health disorders (bipolar, depression, anxiety & borderline personality disorder) and trauma. I also specialize in working with the families of individuals struggling with the above issues.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I totally get it! As an adolescent and young woman I saw roughly a dozen therapists. It was not until I found a therapist who self-disclosed and had been through a similar experience to me that I felt comfortable opening up to her. I have built my practice around connecting with and serving women who have had negative experiences in therapy and dislike "traditional therapy." My number one goal is serving you, therefore, I have a very flexible and individualized approach. Have trouble talking? Can't sit still? Struggle to make time after work? Not a problem, together we will make therapy work for you! Contact me for more information.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
My personal struggles with addiction and an eating disorder is what led me to become a therapist. I specialize in working with young women with these issues because when I was struggling to get into recovery, I often felt that many therapists did not understand what I was going through and as a result, I was not able to open up with them. I was a cynical, angry young girl who hated therapy and as a result, I have built my practice on connecting and empowering such women. There's not a day that goes by that I am not grateful and humbled by how I get to contribute to people and I am also keenly aware that this is an ongoing journey. Every client I work with touches me in some way and makes me a better and stronger therapist. I firmly believe we never arrive, and I take this approach and share this with my clients, which creates a strong relationship between us.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Duration and frequency of therapy is completely individualized depending on the client. I see most clients 1x weekly, though this may be more or less frequent depending on the nature of the issue and goals. It is my number one goal to empower my clients so that they become self-sufficient. I consider it a job well done, when a client completes therapy and no longer needs to see me.