My Approach to Helping
As a generalist, I have experience treating a wide variety of mental health concerns - from long standing depression and anxiety to difficulty coping with a life change. I enjoy working with all people, no matter their struggles. I have an expertise in helping people cope with emotions and increase emotional regulation.
I believe growth and change begin when you feel safe and know you have a therapist you can trust. It\'s important to me to understand you and help you feel as though you are not alone. I am LGBTQ affirming and am non-judgmental, no matter your struggles. I can help you learn more about yourself and can teach you coping skills so you can start to feel better right away. My clients tell me that in our work together, they both feel accepted and encouraged to grow.
I\'m skilled at helping people who feel stuck, and my clients tell me they appreciate my ability to help them find and overcome their barriers.
More Info About My Practice
I have an expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and can teach you skills to improve emotions, manage stress and better relationships. I can provide the individual therapy component if you are a part of a DBT program, or can work with you to determine if learning DBT skills 1:1 is best. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to create more positive ways to think and behave. I also use mindfulness skills (both professionally and personally) and can teach you to be more present and content.
I have a particular passion for mental health concerns during pregnancy and parenthood. I can help people cope with pregnancy and infant loss, and depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as difficulty adjusting to being a parent.
DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Sessions may be done in person, over the phone or through video conferencing (depending on your insurance, which my receptionist will assist you in determining).
***Please note that I may not get or be able to respond to emails that you send me. The best way to contact me is by calling 651-770-1311.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
My clients often ask me - "how can you listen to people talk about their problems all day?" They expect it's a burden or that it brings me down. My answer is simple- for me, it's not hard at all- it's an honor, actually. There are few places people can go to just be heard and accepted. This is one of my favorite things about being a psychologist (and a human, really). I get to hear people be real. I get to have honest conversations about genuine thoughts and emotions all day. The hard emotions, hearing the struggles and the bad things people have gone through matters - it's a part of being human. A part not many people get to see. And, it feels good to be helpful. It feels good to offer a new perspective and to teach a new skill. Most importantly, it feels good to just be there, to let my client know they aren't alone. This job doesn't bring me down, it actually lifts me up.