My Approach to Helping
Life can be hard. You don't have to face it alone. If you find yourself struggling with anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, or generally feeling unfulfilled, I'll work with you to move towards a life that feels more balanced and meaningful. I see counseling as a collaborative process in which we explore - together - who you are, what you need, and what's getting in your way. I strive to provide culturally responsive and ethical care, and my own life experience allows me to bring compassion, authenticity, and non-judgment to build a therapeutic relationship based on respect, acceptance, and understanding.
More Info About My Practice
As a counselor, I am focused on wellness - a healthy balance encompassing all areas of life. Wellness looks different for everyone, so we'll explore together how to best meet your unique needs. I've worked with adolescents and adults dealing with challenges including addiction, anxiety, depression, and grief. I enjoy working with a variety of people, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, POC, and those who choose "alternative" lifestyles and careers.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love being a psychotherapist because I love connecting deeply with other people. For me, it feels like a very special privilege to have people share their thoughts, feelings, and struggles with me, and I feel grateful to be able to offer my presence and compassion in return. I have a profound appreciation for people and the challenges inherent in being human - thanks to my own struggles in life, I have developed a deep sense of compassion, patience, and understanding - and helping others to live richer, more satisfying lives gives me meaning and satisfaction in my own life.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Going to see a therapist for the first time can be uncomfortable and intimidating! A lot of people think therapy is only for people with serious mental illness or those who can't handle their problems on their own. I disagree - life is hard for everyone at times, and we humans are social creatures: we're built to be interdependent with others. Therapy is a safe place to explore who we are, how we see the world, and what we want out of life, and these are questions I hope all people have the opportunity to consider. If you're interested in therapy but not sure, please reach out to me. I'd be more than happy to talk with you about your concerns and answer any questions you have.