My Approach to Helping
“It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found” -D.W. Winnicot. I love this quote because we all have the deep desire to be seen and validated by others, but that can often be scary to show parts of ourselves due to our lived and cultural experiences. That is why I strive to create a sense of safety by using humor, validation, and imperfect modeling to humanize my role and the therapy process so that others can be found.
My primary expertise areas are trauma, PTSD, stress, substance use with adolescents and young adults, and parent coaching. However, I have worked with ages 2 to 65 who struggle with various issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and identity difficulties. I hold numerous certifications in substance use, trauma, and parenting, such as TF-CBT and CADC. My approach to treatment is collaborative and relational, yet structured as we will always know what path we are on and the goals we are headed toward. I practice from a psychodynamic framework but integrate cognitive-behavioral and dialectical therapy interventions when needed.