My Approach to Helping
As a therapist, I have the privilege of walking alongside individuals and couples as they courageous seek growth and healing. I am so grateful to have found a profession I love.
I see therapy as a process of developing a relationship that will aid you in creating profound change in your life. We will work collaboratively to adjust the way you think and feel about yourself and how you interact with others. The heartbeat of life is connection. We will work together to create space for you to authentically connect with yourself and others and in turn restore or improve purpose and meaning in your life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have extensive experience working with issues related to substance use, trauma and domestic violence. Experience has shown me that most people seek therapy for support on a specific issue, and quickly find healing by talking about the interconnection between several life events. My philosophy is to offer a space for you to explore the issue that promoted your call to therapy as well as other feelings, events, and memories that are relevant.
My expertise comes from 7 years working in residential facilities and outpatient programs for substance use and trauma including childhood, developmental and complex trauma, certifications in domestic violence, and 8 years working with survivors of relationship abuse. I also created and co-facilitate a certification program around assessment and response to relationship abuse.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Our society encourages regular check-ups for our body, eyes, teeth, even our cars, and then attaches a stigma to those who seek therapy, which is essentially a regular check up for your emotional well-being, your soul.
Seeking support is not about being broken, flawed or weak. I view it as brave, responsible, proactive. Your willingness to sit with someone to gain perspective, reflect, and engage in growth is beautiful. Therapy is one of the tools that can help you create a life filled with joy, purpose, compassion, meaning, and challenges of course, but a better ability to handle them.