My Approach to Helping
I believe that therapy is a tool for getting through the hard times, a support for times when the usual ways we have learned to push through don't seem to be getting us where we want to be. I became a therapist because of my view that support, connection, and love are necessary for humans to thrive, and that connecting with others can help us learn how best to support, connect with, and love ourselves. I like to use a combination of looking at the bigger picture of why something happens the way it does, and looking at the smaller ways we can change what happens.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Trauma, abuse, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, stress and overwhelm, childhood emotional neglect (CEN), foster care and adoption, blended families, stepmoms and stepparenting, perfectionism and self-criticism, family relationships, intimate relationships, loss and grief, women and girls' issues, mental health in relation to systemic oppression and inequality, mental health in relation to physical health.
My Role as a Therapist
I see myself as a support, a guide, a person alongside you in your own path, a helper, and someone who can help you to see yourself and your path more clearly. I see you as the expert on yourself, your experiences and life, your pain and struggle, your joy and light. As a therapist, I seek to help you to find new ways of approach, new ways of seeing, new ways of sharing and communicating, new ways of connecting that will help you to get further along the path to the life, self, relationships, and future that you want.
People often describe me as warm and affirming, calming, funny, but above all things authentic and real. In the past, therapists' traditional approach was to be a blank slate to avoid personally interfering with the process of therapy, but I see things just the opposite--I believe my greatest strengths and tools as a therapist are my humanity and experiences and who I am authentically, and it is by being a real person myself that I can build a supportive and honest relationship with you, to best help you.