My Approach to Helping
Most importantly, I see therapy as a collaborative relationship between two people who are both experts (you on your life, me on the therapeutic process) and who can work together to bring about the healing, change, and fulfillment for which you've been longing. I help you to make sense of what is happening, why it's happening, and what you can do to move forward. I provide a non-judgmental, warm, and empathic environment in which you can really begin to understand yourself and your relationships with others.
I also strongly believe in working not only to understand and heal the wounds from your past, but also to discover ways to make a meaningful, enriching life-- to increase joy, wonder, and passion! I love the quote "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." I am honored and privileged to go on this journey with you, and I look forward to seeing what we can create together.
More Info About My Practice
I am located in Dupont Circle very near the metro. I want to make it easy for you to access the help you need, so please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions that could make the process easier for you. I am happy to provide a free 20 minute phone consultation in which we can discuss your needs and questions. Email or call and we can set a time to speak together about moving forward (I find that email is often the easiest first step to schedule a consult so we do not end up in a game of "phone tag" or if you feel more comfortable leaving a voice mail please indicate when I can most easily reach you when I return your call). While I am not contracted with any insurance companies, my services do qualify for out-of-network benefits--if you are not sure if you have such benefits or are confused about them I would be happy to explain them to you and advise you in how to speak with your insurance provider to ascertain your coverage.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am a generalist in my training, which means I'm adept at working with many of the common issues that bring people to therapy (depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, etc.). That being said, I have a special interest in a problem common to the culture of DC--this city seems to ask that people be incredibly obsessed with their work as their identity and also that they be guarded and inauthentic to protect themselves from toxic work environments and co-workers. I enjoy working with people who may need to find a way to manage difficult people and work situations while still wanting to thrive in their careers as well as outside of work. Also, if you find yourself wondering if there might be more than just the focus on career and success, I'd love to explore with you how you can make a truly meaningful life that encompasses a wide range of aspects beyond just your work.
Additionally, I am adept at working with people with a sense of being "not good enough." You may be a perfectionist (often told you are overly critical and have unrealistic expectations for self and others) or a people pleaser (you struggle to say "no," set boundaries, and you put others' needs before your own most, if not all, of the time). We can work together to bring about a sense of "enough" and to find balance in your expectations and views of yourself and of others.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
No one is perfect; we all have struggles. Can you imagine how boring it would be if we were all the same and everything was simple and easy? If we didn't have the bad times in life, how would we know to appreciate the good ones? We live in a society that preaches self-reliance, individualism, and perfectionism; in reality, healthy traits look more like authentic connections with others, appreciating our strengths and our growth edges, and reaching out to help each other as needed. Asking for help isn't weak--if anything, in a world with such stigma it is incredibly brave to reach out and it takes wisdom and dedication to your goals to know when you could use some assistance. Therapy isn't about "being crazy," it's just about wanting more. It's knowing that what you are doing isn't working and asking for collaborative guidance to create the life you want and deserve. One way I attempt to counter the stigma of mental health is by treating you as a full, whole person. You are not your symptoms, your problems, your diagnosis. I also attempt to counter false beliefs I encounter out in the world about therapy and engage people in meaningful dialogue about mental health and the ways in which most of us could benefit from therapy at some point in our lives. So congratulations to you for your courage and wisdom as you seek to improve your well-being!