My Approach to Helping
Welcome! Taking the first step to meet a new counselor can be difficult, which is why I offer a free 20 minute consultation to get you started without much pressure. I specialize in working with anxiety, grief and loss, and those who identify as highly sensitive. My goal from the very beginning is to help you feel less overwhelmed and more attuned with your life.
Individuals I see benefit from the cognitive and mindfulness-based approaches I take to understanding and managing their thoughts, emotions, and lifestyle. Cognitive therapy combined with mindfulness is an excellent approach because it honors both mind and body. I also practice a type of EMDR called “belief-focused EMDR” that targets unhelpful beliefs that lurk in the subconscious influencing thoughts and emotions.
Brene Brown said, "when we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending." One of my favorite things to do as a therapist is give people the space to explore their story so far, where they want to be, and then game-plan how to get them there (in a healthy way!)
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
The life experience I bring to the therapy room helps me to be a more empathic and compassionate therapist. I have been on the other side of the couch, and believe that doing my own work is an important part of being the best version of myself as a therapist. I also get how difficult it can be to show up, make small changes and see progress.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Just as we all can benefit from regular medical check ups with our primary care physician, and may experience a condition requiring more intensive medical care, we can all benefit from mental health therapy. In fact, I strongly believe caring for our minds is a vital element in caring for our bodies. Many of my clients seek therapy because they have a specific personal goal in mind and realize counseling can get them there faster. My clients are some of the bravest, most self-aware, insightful, and interesting people I know. Attending counseling is no where near directly correlated to weakness or being flawed. In fact, I'd be more concerned for those who feel they never need it.