My Approach to Helping
I base my practice around two fundamental ideals: empathy and non-judgment. I'm here to be your sounding-board, advocate, support person and guide through your journey to self-discovery and empowerment. For me, therapy is a collaborative process where we work together to achieve your goals in a method that I tailor specifically to you. We'll explore symptoms that you're experiencing in the here-and-now (depression, anxiety), as well as related underlying concerns (relationship issues, past traumas, identity issues). I primarily do individual therapy with adolescents and adults and I specialize in traumaPTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, college counselinglife transitions, stress management and drug and alcohol abuse. People describe me as a compassionate, caring, dedicated and fun person who loves what she does.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I absolutely love being a psychotherapist because I get to help people by hearing their stories. It can feel very lonely and isolating when you're going through a difficult point in your life and don't have anyone to talk to about it. Listening and being there for someone reconnects me and the person I'm helping to our sense of community and reminds us that we aren't so alone. Creating a safe space and being a safe person for people to talk to and share their story with is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding and I can't imagine doing anything else.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Starting therapy can be scary, especially if you've been feeling really stressed out, depressed or if you've experienced something traumatic. It can be really hard to talk about what has been bothering you, or you might feel embarrassed about saying it out loud. Or maybe, you don't really know if therapy is right for you, but something just feels off? Rest assured that there are no right or wrong reasons to start therapy. At our first session, you decide what you want to talk about and what goals you want to work on. Don't feel comfortable sharing the whole story about a trauma you experienced? No problem, you don't have to share any details you don't want to share. I'll work collaboratively with you to help with the issues you choose to work on. If something isn't working for you, let me know and we can try something new.