My Approach to Helping
I see myself as an intuitive, creative, informed, and highly trained Clinical Psychologist that provides a safe, nonjudgmental, and transformative environment. Therapy with me fosters a deep sense of engagement and connection, a sense of feeling heard and understood, and clarity where there was previously ambiguity. These processes cultivate personal growth, healthy relationships, and wholistic well-being that is significant and valuable.
No matter where you have been, evidence-based therapies focus on changing the now. I strive to help my clients experience the world mindfully, and in accordance with their personal values. Through our work in cultivating an affirming, authentic, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, I provide support while we collaboratively deconstruct what is causing distress in your life and preventing you from being your most effective and authentic self.
More Info About My Practice
My expertise is in time-limited, evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT) and the Unified Protocol for emotional disorders. CBT is designed to help individuals notice and shift their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to find relief from symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and other psychopathology. Third wave CBT (like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness based interventions) focuses on behavioral processes like developing healthy ways to cope with stress, emotions, and complicated relationships. With these modalities I treat individuals who are impacted by depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship distress, burnout, divorce, loss, uncertainty, stigma, and other life experiences, diagnoses, and stressors. We explore the sources, experiences, and motivations that impact how you relate with the world, and implement change in your life. I provide individualized tools to use in everyday decision-making that will help those changes last. You are the expert on you, but are you your most effective, content self? I provide flexible, customizable approaches that look different with each patient. I empower my clients to discover their strength, clarity, creativity, autonomy, resilience, motivation, and confidence in meeting whatever happens next.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I work with couples, families, friends, individuals, and adolescents. I practice LGBTQ+ affirming therapy and have expertise working with non-traditional relationships (i.e., open, poly), kink, life transitions, burnout, infidelity, sexuality, gender ID, and creatives (i.e., actorsmusicians). I specialize in relationships, sex therapy and interpersonal trauma.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
--Therapy is fluid and ever changing.-- Creativity, openness, and curiosity in psychotherapy fosters a willingness in both psychologist and client to test ideas, explore themes, question, imagine, and reflect on thoughts and experiences with depth and authenticity. This openness to experience engenders a non judgmental, mindful, and present-focused relationship with who you are now, and where you would like to be in your life and relationships. We will explore your experiences and find new and more flexible ways of thinking and interacting. It is important to be able to imagine a new and more satisfying life with a greater sense of self and meaning. Creativity and focus in therapy enables clients to change their patterns of behavior and apply what they have learned in our sessions to successfully navigating whatever happens next...
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
I have a distinct passion for using the most modern and cutting edge (and scientifically sound) tools to achieve your therapeutic goals. I deeply appreciate efficiency and elegance of thought. In my life, I unapologetically value change and growth, the work that needs to be done to achieve these goals, and the depth of emotions we experience when we feel messy or unaligned with our values and the important people in our lives. I have honed my intuition as a creative process of inquiry that provides interpretation with fluidity, fluency, spontaneity, skill, and comfort.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I have enjoyed working with unique individuals in their bespoke lives, and have always strived to help those who feel marginalized for being their authentic selves. I feel a strong kinship with those who have stood out from the crowd or those who have been told that their authentic self or lived experiences just don?t measure up, are embarrassing, should be concealed, or have been considered ?wrong,? weird, or wild. Mine is a story of Intolerable Uniqueness ? - which I?ve learned is code for strength, depth, empathy, wit, innovation, tenacity, and capability. I bring these qualities and experiences (as well as my intuition, expertise, and humor) to our sessions. I work well with curious individuals who are motivated to grow, share, be vulnerable, and play in therapy and in their lives. This work fosters a client?s sense of self and a new life narrative that integrates narrative truth and identity in more helpful, effective, and deeply rewarding ways. Ultimately-- bespoke, individualized therapy helps you discover and explore the strategies that best fit your individual needs in all of your contexts.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
--Therapy itself is a context.-- The influence of the systems we were raised in, and the contexts we find ourselves in have profound effects on who we are, how we feel, and what we do. How has the world we live in affected our self-worth? What is worth? We co-create the systemic webs of our lives. We send and receive the ebb and flow of experiences and interactions that pull us in and push us out of our relationships and our selves. Similarly, the therapeutic relationship allows you to impact the world, and be impacted in return. The therapeutic relationship fosters change and a deep sense of feeling ?known.? The therapeutic alliance is a transactional process- it is a new type of relational interaction. The human experience is experience.