My Approach to Helping
I work collaboratively with adults of all ages, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, political affiliation, or other life history or experience. I provide support around mood or anxiety disorders, chronic illness or acute medical conditions, cultural adjustments, life stage changes, and other challenges of daily living. In practice I am person-centered, culturally sensitive, cognitive-behavioral, trauma-informed, and strength-based, with special appreciation for the holistic mind-body connection and expressive art therapies.
As a team, no challenge is too great for us to cope with. You have a lot of strengths, and I want to work with you to realize those strengths and attain your goals -- whether that is to let go of, accept, or overcome a mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual curve ball that life has thrown your way.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is informed by more than a decade of clinical exposure, serving clients with a medical focus since the 1990s, a public health focus since 2010, and a mental health focus since 2013. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, with a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University's School of Medicine, as well as a M.P.H. with a concentration in Health Management from Drexel University.
Outside of this practice, I also provide crisis intervention counseling at Boston Medical Center, serving the Psychiatric Emergency Services department as part of the Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST). My work is grounded in my belief that everyone needs help sometimes, but everyone deserves help and understanding always.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Clients sometimes ask what makes me qualified to help them manage a long-term mental health issue, a chronic medical illness, or a new and unexpected life stressor. The obvious answer is: over 10 years' worth of pre-medical and behavioral health training. But the more personal answer is: over 10 years' worth of hands-on experience coping with mysterious medical issues, culminating in a diagnosis of discoid lupus In 2016, which has since evolved into systemic lypus erythymatosus.
I know what it's like to live with a lifelong condition, what it's like to be told for years that there is no clear answer for what you are going through, what it's like to be questioned, doubted, and challenged as if the symptoms are 'all in your head.' Rather than deter me, my experiences have only fueled my interest in helping others who may be dealing with chronic health conditions, and more broadly those who may be faced with any unanticipated challenges of a medical, psychological, emotional, or practical nature. I believe there are answers for what you may be going through, and while those answers may change your life, it need not be changed for the worse.
What Makes up a Problem?
If you're considering therapy for any reason, you may already feel there is a situational or long-term problem that is "big enough" to take to a professional. In reality, no problem is "too big" or "too small" to bring to therapy. I'm not here to doubt, judge, criticize, or tell you what to do. I'm here to help you work through your problem by building understanding around what brought you to this point, and then shaping appropriate, workable solutions that leave you feeling healthy, productive, and empowered.
To use a common analogy: you can't control the hand that life deals you, but you can control how you play your cards. Playing any of your cards can lead you closer to a satisfactory solution for your problem. It's my goal to help you realize the value of all of your various cards, and to help you play them in a way that best suits your problem-solving style and goals for healthy living.