My Approach to Helping
Everything all f*cked up? Maybe you can't figure out whether to change careers or just clean the house. Some days you're not sure you want to get out of bed. You need help finding a way forward, and that's where I come in.
My style is both direct and gentle. I think it’s important to maintain a sense of humor, especially because therapy (and, y'know, LIFE) can be just plain hard. At the same time, I will work to keep you accountable to your own best self.
I help my clients find pragmatic tools to get through issues such as depression, substance misuse, trauma, and grief; while trying to get on with the business of living. Many people come to me feeling hollow, disconnected, and not sure how things could getter. But there is hope in seeking help. Together we can deconstruct the patterns and cycles that keep you stuck, and work to make your life one you can cherish rather than simply endure.
I like clients who are their own people–we might get along if you're rebellious, nerdy, or like to question social norms. I work with clients to identify their areas of concern and then alternate between zooming in to change patterns using practical strategies, and pulling back to see them in larger existential narratives that help you know yourself and your values.
If we work on issues regarding substance use, I use a harm reduction model that sees engagement with substance on a continuum from healthy and acceptable use to chronic abuse. I will not lecture you or expect abstinence to be the only goal.
I am trained in EMDR therapy for trauma and negative core beliefs. I am LGBTQIA friendly, open-minded, and affirming of diverse lifestyles and identities.